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Hold them to account!

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Cathy Nugent

Omar Raii’s article about free speech on University campuses (Solidarity 354) was written before a recent public exchange of letters over the issue.

A number of academics and activists like Peter Tatchell signed a letter condemning what they called the “intimidation” of comedian Kate Smurthwaite (she had a gig at Goldsmiths University cancelled) and the attempt last month, to get the Cambridge Union (CU) to withdraw an speaking invitation to Germaine Greer (Greer has long been anti-trans). A letter signed by activists, answered the condemnation, to set the record straight.

Not inviting, withdrawing invitations in favour of doing something different, organising alternative events, turning up to leaflet is not “no-platforming”.

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Pragna Patel and Yemisi Ilesanmi speak on secularism, religious fundamentalism, feminism, and human rights

Pragna Patel, of Southall Black Sisters, and Yemisi Ilesanmi, Nigerian socialist and LGBT rights activist spoke at a Workers' Liberty London Forum on secularism and religious fundamentalism on Thursday 12 February.

Here are recordings of their speeches (unfortunately the recording of Yemisi's speech was cut short):

Speeches from the February 2014 Workers' Liberty London Forum.

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No safe place to go: the plight of Ugandan LGBT refugees

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Paul Penny

32 Ugandan gay men, refugees in Kenya, were arrested in Nairobi on 8 February, were held in a cell at Kabiria Satelite Police Station until being eventually releaed at 7pm on Monday 10 February, after negotiations with lawyers working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

LGBT people fleeing from Uganda face police harassment in Kenya.

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Homophobia and resurgent Russian nationalism

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Dale Street

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased as much as tenfold since the Russian Duma voted in June of 2013 to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

A recent Human Rights Watch report documented physical attacks, abductions, aggressive harassment and verbal abuse of LGBT people and activists in 16 Russian cities. LGBT employees working with children were routinely sacked from their jobs if their sexual orientation became known.

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased tenfold since the Duma voted last year to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

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UKIP reveals its bigotry

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Kate Harris

The former deputy leader of UKIP, Lord Christopher Monckton, has said that gay men have “20,000 sexual partners” and “lead miserable lives”.

While he is obviously a total clown, he is also a hereditary peer and used to advise Margaret Thatcher. It is worrying that someone who still has some power, and used to have a lot, would say such blatantly absurd garbage about LGBTQ people.

The former deputy leader of UKIP, Lord Christopher Monckton, has said that gay men have “20,000 sexual partners” and “lead miserable lives”.

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Tribute to Alan Turing

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Omar Raii

Films about scientists are a rare occurrence and films about mathematicians are even rarer; it’s not hard to see why.

For every Good Will Hunting, there are many more films that are quite unbearable to view, such as the vastly overrated A Beautiful Mind about the life of John Nash. But the Imitation Game is a surprisingly well-made take on the life of the father of computer science, Alan Turing.

A review of The Imitation Game, a new film about Alan Turing.

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We will not go down without a fight

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Karina Knight

I was born in 1974 and grew up in the north east of England in the 70s and 80s.

Part of a properly matriarchal family, my mother was one of six sisters, their deceased father and their mother had been solid Labour supporters. I was told stories by Lesley (my mother) of them stitching rosettes for the party when they were young “until their fingers bled” — there may have been some exaggeration, maybe not!

Becoming, and remaining, a socialist from the 90's to today.

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Tackling rugby club sexism

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Beth Redmond

The men’s rugby club at the London School of Economics has been disbanded, after circulating a sexist, classist and homophobic leaflet at this year’s freshers fair.

The text of the leaflet mocks students at “poly” universities, describes women as “mingers” and “trollops” and says that the club will not tolerate “outright homosexual debauchery”. But this is not the first time the team has ran into trouble with the students’ union over offensive behaviour.

The men’s rugby club at the London School of Economics has been disbanded, after circulating a sexist, classist and homophobic leaflet at this year’s freshers fair.

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Pride! The power of solidarity

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Karina Knight

The writer, Stephen Beresford, first heard the story of LGSM from a friend. He told a pre-screening audience that it inspired him greatly — the film is clearly a work of care and love. The characters are the real members of LGSM. Mike Jackson and others input into the writing and production, infusing the personalities, lives and experiences of the LGSM activists.

A review of Pride, a film telling the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the 1984-85 strike.

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Do your best to change the world

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Camila Bassi

Have you ever walked down a street, seen a stranger looking depressed, and felt a painful tug of the heart?

Have you ever read or watched the news and recognised a truth to the world, that it is founded on inequality and injustice and breeds unnecessary human suffering, and not been able to turn away then and thereafter? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this. I’ve had empathy, connection, insight, and yearning for change. Indeed, what else is there to making a socialist? Perhaps, our own biographies.

Socialists and the fight against racism, sexism and homophobia.

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