- Josh Hollands: Book Review: Trade unions and LGBT activism
International Socialism Journal nr. 148, okt 15 – side 213
Note: Miriam Frank, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America (Temple University Press, 2014), £20.99
In the past year there has been increased interest, both in the academy and in the broad left, in notions of solidarity between lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and the organised working class. This has been spurred on by the release of the film Pride, which details how a group of activists formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners during the 1984-5 strike against Margaret Thatcher’s pit closures. The recent publication of Miriam Frank’s detailed narrative of LGBT people organising within and alongside unions in the United States is therefore timely.
- Ailbhe Smyth: Interview: The Struggle for LGBT rights in Ireland
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 11, dec 14 – side 28
Note: On the question of LGBT rights IMR interviews Ailbhe Smyth who has long been at the heart of this struggle and who offers us her reflections on how it has developed in Ireland.
- John Molyneux: Sexuality and social constructionism: A reply to Colin Wilson
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13
Note: The mere mention of “nature”—in this case principally biology—in relation to human history and the development of women’s oppression—in my International Socialism article has produced a frenzy of accusations from certain quarters: John Molyneux’s argument is gender essentialist, transphobic, homophobic, not to speak of intellectually dishonest, ignorant, disgusting and so on.
- Colin Wilson: A Response to John Molyneux on Sexuality
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13
Note: John Molyneux has intervened in a debate concerning the history of sexuality. Sexuality has been a subject of serious study only in the last 40 years, the field emerging from the women’s and gay movements of the 1970s. Lesbian and gay authors began its development by unearthing a history that included the movement headed by Magnus Hirschfeld in Germany before and after the First World War, the development of struggles in 1950s America, and the inspiring example of the Russian Revolution.
- Laura Miles: Transgender oppression and resistance
International Socialism Journal nr. 141, jan 14 – side 37
Note: In July 2013 Bradley Manning, the American soldier who passed thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks in protest at US military operations in the Middle East, was sentenced to 35 years in Fort Leavenworth military prison. The day after sentencing Manning caused a media sensation by announcing that she had had gender identity issues since childhood and from now on was to be known as Chelsea Manning and that she intended to pursue gender transition.
- Colin Wilson: Ghosts of the past return
Socialist Review nr. 382, jul 13 – side 13
Note: Homophobia is back on the political agenda of the right across Europe, writes Colin Wilson. But there is also potential for resistance if LGBT people unite with anti-cuts groups and trade unionists.
- Noel Halifax: LGBT History Month: A glimpse of gay liberation in Berlin
Socialist Worker nr. 2341, feb 13 – side 10
Note: Germany after the First World War was a great hope of world socialism.
- Laura Miles: The creation of ‘normal’ sex
Socialist Worker nr. 2340, feb 13 – side 14
Note: The rapid expansion of capitalism and its need for the family lie at the root of homophobia and the creation of the homosexual label, writes Laura Miles.
- Stefan Godau: Pride: Kommercielt freakshow eller politisk demonstration?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 321, jul 12 – side 12
Note: Som hvert år vil der igen i den tredje weekend i august være en stor parade i København med tusindvis af deltagere.
- Colin Wilson: Sex and the German Revolution
Socialist Review nr. 366, feb 12 – side 22
Note: As part of LGBT history month, Colin Wilson looks at the how the German Revolution of 1918 led to significant new freedoms for lesbians and gays, and the role played by Communists.
- Colin Wilson: Queer theory and politics
International Socialism Journal nr. 132, okt 11 – side 59
Note: Some activists and theorists in the field of gender and sexuality have partly or wholly abandoned the designation LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and instead write and organise under the banner of “queer”.
- Ken Olende: LGBT rights: A setback for bigots in Uganda
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 3
Note: A draconian anti-gay bill has failed to pass through parliament in Uganda.
- Laura Miles: LGBT: Not just toleration, liberation
Socialist Review nr. 355, feb 11 – side 21
Note: LGBT history month was launched after the scrapping of the Tories' Section 28 legislation. But, six years on, Tory cuts will hit LGBT people hard.
- Drab på homoseksuelle ok ifølge FN
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 304, dec 10 – side 11
- Helle S Nielsen: Kamp for homoseksuelles rettigheder
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 304, dec 10 – side 13
Note: Mens tiltrækning mellem mennesker af samme køn har eksisteret til alle tider og i alle kulturer, har det set noget anderledes ud med homoseksuelles vilkår og rettigheder.
- Colin Wilson: Book Review: A hidden history
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 216
Note: Charles Upchurch, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform (University of California Press, 2009), £30.95
This fascinating and important book focuses on the history of sex between men in the first half of the 19th century.
- Hannah Dee: Homophobic attacks: A rise in hate?
Socialist Review nr. 342, dec 09 – side 15
Note: Thousands of people gathered at a vigil in Trafalgar Square last month where just weeks earlier Ian Baynham, a gay man, had been battered to death by teenagers.
- Siân Ruddick: Liverpool's defiant protest against homophobia
Socialist Worker nr. 2179, nov 09 – side 3
Note: Anger and defiance at the rise in homophobic attacks was seen on the streets of Liverpool last Sunday when more than 1,500 people marched through the city.
- Viv Smith: LGBT rights: so much more to win
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 12
Note: Some LGBT rights activists say recent reforms mean victory has been won. But liberation is about more than legal equality.
- Andy Wilson: Sexuality and the system
Socialist Worker nr. 2137, feb 09 – side 13
Note: To mark the beginning of LGBT History Month, Colin Wilson explores the roots of gay oppression
- Rita McLoughlin: Interview with Lillian Faderman: Chronicles of LGBT struggles
Socialist Review nr. 333, feb 09 – side 18
Note: Lesbians faced appalling official discrimination in the US in the 1950s. LGBT historian Lillian Faderman tells Rita Mcloughlin that although conditions have changed dramatically we still need to fight for more.
- Colin Wilson: Edward Carpenter: for liberty and love (expanded online version)
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 13
Note: Radical historian Sheila Rowbotham spoke to Colin Wilson about her new biography of Edward Carpenter, the pioneering gay socialist writer.
- Colin Wilson: Letters: Fighting for gay rights in the US
Socialist Worker nr. 2128, nov 08 – side 7
Note: Around 120,000 LGBT people and their supporters protested for equality across the US last week. They were angered by votes in four states to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
- Andy Wilson: Review: Imperialism and homophobia
International Socialism Journal nr. 118, apr 08 – side 200
Note: Joseph A Massad, Desiring Arabs (University of Chicago, 2007), £18
- Matthew Cookson: School challenges anti-LGBT attitude
Socialist Worker nr. 2091, mar 08 – side 6
Note: Matthew Cookson met up with students and staff at an east London school to find out how they are successfully tackling homophobia
- Viv Smith: LGBT history month: The rainbow nation today (South Africa)
Socialist Review nr. 322, feb 08 – side 14
Note: The South African constitution is one of the most advanced in the world when it comes to LGBT rights. Viv Smith, a gay rights activist who worked for the ANC during the writing of the constitution, describes how these advances were won but argues there is still so much to fight for today.
- Hannah Dee: A to Z of Socialism: G is for gay liberation
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 21
Note: The modern gay liberation movement was born out of two nights of rioting in June 1969 after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York.
- Colin Wilson: LGBT politics and sexual liberation
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 137
Note: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have won an acceptance in the UK that would have been hard to imagine when sex between men was decriminalised 40 years ago; a similar situation prevails in many other developed countries. At the same time the oppression of LGBT people continues.
- Liv Mertz: ØQ: Herfra hvor vi står
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 264, jan 07 – side 7
Note: En lørdag eftermiddag hvert år i august kan københavnerne tage opstilling langs gaderne i den indre by og heppe på Den Rullende Homozoo – nok bedre kendt som Copenhagen Pride-paraden.
- Noel Halifax: Out of the Closet
Socialist Review nr. 308, jul 06 – side 30
Note: Pop music historian Jon Savage spoke to Noel Halifax about his new collection of gay pop music from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Jon Savage: From the Closet to the Charts–Queer Noises 1961-1978, Trikont records
- Paul Langhoff: Oprør mod moralismen (Lucas Moodysson: "Fucking Åmål")
Socialistisk Revy nr. 16, jul 99 – side 18
- Martin B. Johansen: Brian Gilbert: "Wilde": Den Wilde socialist
Socialistisk Revy nr. 3, apr 98 – side 31
Note: Filmen Wilde om den engelske forfatter Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) er bestemt en must-see film, alene fordi den er bevægende uden at være sentimental, og fordi den er solidt instrueret og præget af rigtigt gode skuespillere.
- Peter Morgan: Class divisions in the gay community
International Socialism Journal nr. 78, mar 98 – side 77
Note: Gay politics are at a crossroads. The celebration of the 'pink economy' which seemed so dominant in the 1980s has increasingly turned sour for many gays and lesbians. The annual Pride march is now in danger of splitting in two, as many react against the commercialism and depoliticisation which has accompanied increasing sponsorship by gay businesses. Peter Morgan examines the class divide among gays and lesbians and traces the ways in which it expresses itself in the debate about the future of the movement.
- Europride ’96: Festival mod bøsse-forskrækkelse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 137, jun 96 – side 4
Note: Under navnet Europride ’96 vil tusinder af bøsser og lesbiske fra hele Europa fra midten af juni og måneden ud markere sig ved en festival i København.
- Gitte Dion Pedersen: Diskrimination af lesbiske
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 127, jan 96 – side 2
Note: Sygehusudvalget i Ribe Amt har besluttet, at det ikke kan være en offentlig opgave at inseminere lesbiske kvinder, der ønsker at få et barn. Formanden mener, at det er imod den danske kultur.
- Paul McGarr: Findes der et bøsse-gen?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 95, sep 93 – side 13
Note: Amerikanske forskere påstår, at de har fundet hemmeligheden bag homoseksualitet: Et bøsse-gen!
- Norah Carlin: The roots of gay oppression
International Socialism Journal nr. 42, mar 89 – side 63
Note: The campaign last year against Clause 28, the government’s attempt to prevent local councils “promoting homosexuality”, led to a resurgence of the gay and lesbian movement. Partly as a response, Norah Carlin provides a wide ranging historical survey showing that gay oppression is closely linked to the rise of capitalism.
Alt. url: Marxists Internet Archive (MIA)
- Ole Sloth Hansen: AIDS-hysteri
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 12, sep 85 – side 2
Note: Overskrifter i Ekstra Bladet som »Choktal for bøsser, hver 3. danske bøsse er smittet med dræbersygen AIDS«, har gjort AIDS kendt i en bredere offentlighed.
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