queer rights

Mobilise against homophobia and transphobia: A socialist feminist take on the Australian Marriage Law postal survey

Mobilise against homophobia and transphobia: A socialist feminist take on the Australian Marriage Law postal survey
issue 26
September 2017

The response in the LGBTIQ community to the unnecessary postal survey on marriage equality ranges from trauma and pain to white-hot anger. The community bitterly opposed, and defeated, an earlier proposal for a compulsory plebiscite on same-sex marriage equality — denouncing it as a ploy by the far right to derail the growing public support for equality.

August 2017

With his passionate commitment to civil and labor rights and his outsized organizing talents, Bayard Rustin helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement. Because he was gay and, as a young man, a member of a communist organization, his name is not as widely known as are those of other Black freedom fighters of his time. But it should be: Rustin contributed to changing the course of U.S. history.

June 23, 2017

LGBTQ Pride 2017: Celebrate the Victories and Fight like Hell to Defend Them

When arch conservative Anita Bryant crusaded against gay rights in the 1970s, the queer community fought back. Not every battle was won, but the stage was set across the U.S. for increasing rights.

June 2017

A foremother of the LGBTQ movement, Tamara Turner graduated from the anti-gay 1950s school of hard knocks. She played a crucial role in shaping the Freedom Socialist Party’s (FSP) groundbreaking program for queer liberation. She was a historian of the gay movement, an ardent bibliophile, and a brilliant satirist who filled her 77 years with commitment, generosity, and humor. Turner died March 22 in Seattle after a long battle with leukemia.

April 2017

“Intersectionality” is a term that has been coming up a lot in political movements and in the news, especially in regard to the Women’s March on Washington in January. It means examining how the intermingling of all forms of discrimination that people experience — based on race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and more — affect their lives and the movements. This idea resonates with me as a woman of color.

April 2017

When the Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by a young trans man and in fact overturned his victory in a lower court, they sentenced trans youth to continuing harassment, beatings, illnesses, suicides, and murders!

This deplorable decision was engineered by the Trump regime when they overturned the nationwide guideline requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.

December 2016

Duciana Thomas, Bay Area Radical Women (RW) member and former coordinator of the local Comrades of Color Caucus, a joint body of RW and the Freedom Socialist Party, died suddenly on Nov. 1 at the age of 29. Passionate and unwavering in her convictions, Thomas will be missed by all who knew her.

December 2016

Courageous whistleblower and transgender activist Chelsea Manning remains in military lockup. But she does not remain silent. She resists brutish prison conditions by the Army and defends the right and need for whistleblowers.

August 2016

The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has produced a national wave of anguish and righteous anger, especially among LGBTQ and Latina/o communities, at the loss of so many promising young lives. Now the search for answers has begun.

Most politicians blame global terrorism in some fashion, from the explicitly anti-Muslim bigotry of Donald Trump to the anti-“radical schools and mosques” rhetoric of Hillary Clinton. Each vies to use the killings as a ladder to power and a stepped-up war on terror.

June 21, 2016

Orlando: Build alliances to free us all

Comments prepared by Freedom Socialist Party leader Stephen Durham for a New York rally against the killings at Pulse.

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