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LGBTQ and Liberation

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Cass-tastrophe: Resist attacks on trans healthcare!

NHS England's decision earlier this year to prohibit puberty blockers for transgender youth ignited uproar within the queer community, raising serious concerns about the future of trans healthcare. The recent release of the Cass Review's final report has only exacerbated these fears. The review, characterised by its regressive and harmful approach, constitutes a direct assault on the rights and bodily autonomy of trans youth.
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The ‘rainbow capitalism’ lie: Why LGBTQphobia is part of the system

As always, this Pride Month we will see major companies putting out Pride-themed advertising, changing their social media profiles and putting out anodyne statements about inclusivity. On one level, this is a fairly simple attempt to cash in on Pride, a tradition whose real roots are in the struggle of the LGBTQ+ community for equality. At the same time, it also reflects a deeper trend – sometimes called ‘rainbow capitalism’ – whereby LGBTQ+ rights are used to try to launder the reputation of an increasingly discredited system.
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Remember Brianna Ghey – mobilise to end violence against trans people!

The horrendous murder of Brianna Ghey is only the most recent example of the escalating violence against trans people. Amidst this, the Tory party & their media allies are very happy to demonise and ostracise trans people for political gain. Why does capitalism promote the hatred of trans people and other minority groups, and how can we build a movement to challenge it?
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Conversion therapy victory: Let’s consign homophobia to the history books!

The fact this motion was passed overwhelmingly - and that it was put forward by two UUP MLAs - is significant, given that the Assembly only backed marriage equality for the first time six years ago. Even the DUP and TUV put their opposition in much softer terms than they would have in the past. This speaks volumes about the positive change in attitudes taking place in society. These are being driven from below - represented by the 20,000 people who marched for marriage equality - not by the politicians at Stormont.

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Pride Month: Stonewall’s real legacy and the struggle for liberation

The Stonewall riots are one of the major milestones in queer history. The Stonewall Inn was a bar in the Greenwich Village area of New York, frequented largely by the poorest members of the LGBT+ people in the area. The police had a long history of conducting violent raids on the Inn and harassing the LGBT+ clientele. On 28th June 1969, the police once again entered the Stonewall Inn, with the intent of shutting it down permanently. They began to arrest people in the bar, but met resistance.

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Transphobia & the Left: bogus science and bogus Marxism

The question of fighting Transphobia, like all forms of oppression, is a crucial part in the struggle to end the rule of capitalism by a united movement of the working class. In recent years sections of the left globally have unfortunately perpetuated transphobic attitudes and prejudices using pseudo-Marxist arguments to do so. Conor Payne debunks these arguments and myths.