Next year, the first-ever worldwide conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is to be held in Britain. Meanwhile the Tory government has yet to accomplish its promises to the global 42-country Equal Rights Coalition. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first authorised London Pride marches, the “Safe to Be Me” event is anticipated to be the biggest of its kind and will encourage international and domestic elected officials, campaigners and policymakers to take part in London over two days in June 2022.
Communists from Britain and internationally came together last weekend (27 February 2021) in a special webinar paying tribute to the life of Mark Ashton former general secretary of the Young Communist League and founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Organised as part of our centenary celebrations the YCL LGBT+ Commission had arranged the webinar to look at the current issues affecting LGBT+ working people and Socialism’s answer to LGBT + liberation.
Marking the 36th Anniversary of the foundation of the iconic Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners movement of the mid-1980s, Joe Weaver discusses the significance of Pride and what lessons can be learned today.
Jamie Perkins reports on the first meeting of the Young Communist League’s newly founded LGBT+ Commission which discussed the history of the movement in Britain and addressed the question ‘why does the LGBT+ community need socialism?’
Ben Lunn provides a Marxist critique of intersectionality and discusses an understanding of oppression and discrimination based on a class perspective.