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30 June 2021

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Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity

Socialist Party members at Loughborough university pride

Socialist Party members at Loughborough university pride   (Click to enlarge)

London Trans+ Pride

Thousands of trans and non-binary people, and supporters, marched in London on 26 June at Trans+ Pride. The mood was determined and militant, with anti-Tory chants to the fore.

Ten years of austerity have included vicious cuts to services for trans and non-binary people. As soon as he became PM, Johnson dropped proposed reforms for self-certification of gender to replace the expensive, bureaucratic and medicalised gender recognition certificate process.

The Tories are using the lives of trans+ people as part of their reactionary 'culture war' agenda. Disgracefully, this has been given misguided support by some who claim to be on the left. Starmer's Labour has not put up any opposition. The Tories seek to divide workers to cut across a united fightback, so the struggle of LGBTQ+ communities is an issue for the whole class.

Fighting together for liberation is empowering and inspiring. Trans+ Pride was utterly unlike depoliticised and demoralising Pride parades which are controlled by big business 'allies', falsely offering up individual consumption as an escape from oppression.

Socialist Party members at Trans+ Pride got a good response to our ideas. Mass struggle for LGBTQ+ liberation is needed to oppose attacks and build a world without discrimination and prejudice, replacing capitalism with a socialist society. We will be building for the Reclaim Pride demo called for 24 July in London.

Greg Randall


The LGBT+ groups for Loughborough University staff and students held their annual Pride rally and march around campus. 70 people marched, mainly students with some staff.

The event focuses on issues facing LGBTQ+ people, and highlights the progress that has been made since 1970, which is being pushed back, as shown by the recent homophobic attacks in Liverpool, and the backlash against trans rights.

Loughborough Socialist Party was the only political group on the march. We handed out leaflets with a programme for working-class unity to fight discrimination and the class oppression of capitalism, and for socialism.

When talking with young activists, we brought up the discrimination trans people face when looking for employment, and the alarming rates of homelessness among LGBTQ+ people. People were interested in the link between class and LGBTQ+ oppression, that is underrepresented in the narrow and legalistic interpretation of LGBTQ+ rights.

It was fantastic to talk to so many passionate young people about the struggles ahead, and the Socialist Party's platform to secure economic and social justice.

Damian Cosgrove

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In The Socialist 30 June 2021:

What we think

NHS after 3 July protests Trade unions must organise serious action


Fight to save our NHS

Royal London Hospital

Fight the health and care bill

Keep private hands off NHS patient data

We don't want a USA-style healthcare system


Post-pandemic railway battles loom

East Mids train guards strike


Stop the Channel 4 sell-off!

Hopeless Hancock replaced

Millionaires multiply during pandemic

Dalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer

Biden police reform

Can Biden reform the police?

Workplace news

Socialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election

Gateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated

Support Gary Clark for CWU executive

Support Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary

End bullying and victimisation at Oaks Park school

Unite members step up action against bullying Mungo's managers

Sandwell Leisure workers: No to 'fire and rehire'


The Israeli working class

German Greens: The image and reality


Protesters halt Nadia's eviction

Brighton: Moulsecoomb strike against academisation

York residents demand land for local community needs

Young Socialists march in London

Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity

Readers' opinion

TV Review: GB News

Readers' comments


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triangleYork: Non-binary and trans rights protest

triangleLondon: Hundreds protest for trans rights


triangleThe fight for LGBTQ+ equality

triangleWhy I'm coming to Socialism 2021

triangleSocialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting


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