Pride and the struggle for LGBT+ liberation

Meeting – Pride and the struggle for LGBT+ liberation – 7pm, Thursday 11th August, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD    

Fight for LGBT+ liberation – No to austerity! No to Islamophobia and racism!

After Orlando, despite same sex marriage and other advances, no-one can be under any illusions that homophobia and transphobia are not endemic in society.

It’s great that we can hold Prides and other LGBT+ events but we can’t ignore the appalling impact Tory cuts and austerity are having and that bigots and racists are trying to turn oppressed groups like Muslims and LGBT+ people against one another.

Nor should we forget that Prides are about protest, resistance and solidarity not just parades headed up by commercial organisations, the police, and multinational tax-dodger companies, while we often get charged for entry!

We’re living in turbulent times. Theresa May, the unelected Tory prime minister, has appointed an even more right wing cabinet than Cameron’s who intend to continue their vicious austerity. That means more cuts to support groups, worse access to health care and services, more job cuts, less access to decent housing.

Enough is enough. The EU Leave vote was a symptom of how millions feel abandoned by establishment parties. The weak-kneed responses to cuts and privatisation from Labour and the trade union leaders have led to anger and disappointment.  Thankfully there’s a new mood of resistance building up after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. We can all help develop that fightback right across the labour movement and in our communities.

Above all, we need to remember that those who first marched for Pride and formed the Gay Liberation Front were fighting for liberation, not just equal rights in capitalist society. They wanted a different sort of society, not accommodation to a heteronormal, gender-binary capitalist world.  Come along to the meeting and discuss how we win genuine LGBT+ liberation.

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