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Pride is protest

Build a mass movement for LGBTQ+ liberation and socialism

Brighton Pride 2018, photo Dominic Alves/CC

Brighton Pride 2018, photo Dominic Alves/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Adam Harmsworth, Socialist Party LGBTQ+ group

We need political struggle for LGBTQ+ liberation. It is becoming more scary and less safe to be out. One in five British LGBTQ+ people suffer hate crime every year. We have seen a spate of anti-LGBTQ+ violence in Liverpool, alongside a vicious assault in Cardiff, and a mural in Manchester defaced.

Abroad, just this month, a pride event in Georgia had to be cancelled after a camera operator was killed by far-right thugs while covering an anti-LGTQ+ protest, and a gay man in Spain was murdered. The protests against these attacks point to what is needed.

Unfortunately, the biggest pride events have become completely divorced from the real political struggle they came from. Pride is meant to be a protest where LGBTQ+ people and their supporters can make their voices heard and demand better. You don't get that at London Pride, or at Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, because they are now funded and headed by banks and big businesses.

They don't have the same goals as us. Bankers and bosses, whether LGBTQ+ or not, will put profit first. Banks will turn their logos rainbow colour to bring in the pink pound, while doing multi-billion pound deals with homophobic governments. They have been uninvolved in, and in many cases hostile to, fights for equality and to build and defend the services LGBTQ+ people need. They want to keep the status quo - a capitalist profit system based on exploitation and division. And because they have money, they've ended up being the ones running most Pride events.

That's why we need to reclaim pride, as part of building a movement to win change that will meet the real needs of LGBTQ+ people.

We welcome Peter Tatchell's call for a protest pride, and the next step needed is a democratic discussion about the slogans and demands that the movement is fighting for. Central to that has to be involving the trade unions - democratic organisations of 6.7 million workers in Britain.

By organising together with the mass of the working class, against the bosses who exploit and divide us, LGBTQ+ workers have the power to win against the capitalist system that oppresses us.


Reclaim Pride London


See also: LGBTQ+ workers' charter

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In The Socialist 14 July 2021:


NHS

NHS: Kick out the privatisers - Fight for a 15% Pay rise

Scrap the privatising health and care bill

Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers


Covid

We cannot trust this government over Covid: Fight for a new workers' party

Trade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety


LGBTQ+

Pride is protest - Build a mass movement for LGBTQ+ liberation and socialism

LGBTQ+ workers' charter


Workplace news

Dagenham school workers strike against 'fire and rehire' pay cuts

St Mungo's strikers end 12-week strike

Telecoms workers angry at CWU deal with BT

GKN Birmingham workers rally against plant closure

Brush workers into eighth week of strike

Workplace round-up


International

New wave of radicalisation in Latin America

Putting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

Kazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces


News

Keep the Universal Credit uplift

Defend the triple lock - Fight to end poverty pensions

Wealth chasm widens

Right-wing study concludes youth like socialism


Campaigns

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Stop Pimlico gentrification

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Everyone can spot Socialist Party in Stoke

Socialist Party meetings say: We're ready to go out and campaign


Readers' opinion

England football team

Farewell Leicester Square - the story of Britain's first black bus driver

Readers' comments


 

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Pride:

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trianglePride is a campaign, not a business opportunity

trianglePride flag is about unity in struggle

trianglePriced out of Pride

triangleStonewall riots' legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

Protest:

triangleJobs and homes for all

triangleBarnsley 'Big Green Space' protest

triangleKazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs is back

Lgbtq:

triangleLGBTQ+ workers' charter

triangleSocialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Aids, section 28 and equal marriage - lessons for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights today

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triangleCumbria Socialist Party: Socialism - from Utopian to Scientific

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