LGBT liberation

Campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* rights.

Talk and discussion: The left, oppression and liberation politics

28/11/2015 - 12:00
  • at Labour and Revolution, a dayschool hosted by the socialist organisation Workers' Liberty to discuss ideas for the new left movement after Jeremy Corbyn's election
  • at the Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6XA. Near loads of Tubes - Warren Street, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Euston

The organisers write: 

Thirty-Five

The life expectancy of a Black trans woman in the USA is just 35. This is a villanelle about that shocking statistic.

Black boys grown women fighting to survive
In freedom's land are some folks not allowed
To live beyond the age of thirty-five?

Dysphoria and prejudice connive
From gender manacles to funeral shroud
Black boys grown women fighting to survive

Twenty-One

A reflection on my son visiting the Stonewall Inn because of his passionate commitment to LGBT equality, only to find that he couldn't go in.

I remember the age of consent cut from twenty-one
A landmark amongst all the battles our struggles have won 
And now it's the age of admission the Stonewall Insists

Horseplay: Live at Calais Migrants Benefit, August 2014

On 23rd June 2012, Steven Simpson, a gay autistic student, was verbally abused, stripped, and his body scrawled with offensive slogans. He was then doused in tanning oil and 20-year-old Jordan Sheard set fire to his crotch with a cigarette lighter. The flames engulfed his body, his attackers fleeing as neighbours tried desperately to extinguish the flames. Steven died the next day suffering 60% burns.

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