The LGBTQ movement is an essential part of any liberation struggle. Together with the feminist, Black and Minority Ethnic and disability movements, it must be integral to any new radical and socialist party.
The LGBTQ community has regularly been involved in the struggle against capitalist and patriarchal structures from the Stonewall riot in the 60s to the campaign against Section 28 in the UK. The fight for proper treatment of those with HIV led by Act Up in the US and the Treatment Action Committee in South Africa as an integral part of the LGBTQ movement has also been an important contribution.
Recent material from UNITE , UNISON and the TUC have demonstrated how the LGBTQ community in Britain has been affected by the cuts and the austerity agenda. Many young LGBTQ people still have to leave home because of homophobia or transphobia, are increasingly homeless and jobless, subject to this government’s relentless attacks on the poor and the young. And increasingly the HIV support networks and treatment centres which many gay men in particular depend on, are being removed by the systematic dismantling of the NHS. Hate crime against LGBTQ people is still commonplace in our society.
We will mobilise the LGBTQ community to demonstrate that their interests and those of Left Unity coincide. We also believe that we have the right to self organised groups, as stated in our constitution, and we are therefore forming an LGBTQ caucus in the party. We will play a full role in the party structures and to ensure that homophobia biphobia and transphobia have no place in this new and radical party.
To join the caucus, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Saturday 22 September: 12 noon
Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital Demonstration
More details here
Sat 29 Sep, 11.00-15.00
Protest at the Conservative Party Conference
To call time on failed austerity and campaign for a new deal for working people.
Victoria Square, Birmingham. More info on Facebook.
European Forum of Progressive Forces, Bilbao
To debate, build and act to ward-off current threats.
Sun 17 Nov, 12.00
National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism
Central London. More info on Facebook
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