Posts in: LGBTQ

Freedom Socialist editorial: Honor gay hero Bradley Manning

June 2013

In April, former grand marshals for San Francisco Gay Pride made nominations for marshals for this year’s parade and voted, as usual. A winner was Bradley Manning, the gay soldier who leaked classified documents that proved war crimes by the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, among many other offenses. The president of the SF… Read more »

Russia’s new anti-LGBT law denounced; Government bans public protests while human rights violations increase

October 2013

The anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia on July 29 has galvanized international condemnation. And, in its wake, violations of human rights have been booted out of Russia’s closet for all to see. New amendments to federal law mandate imprisonment and hefty fines for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” that aims to form “misperceptions… Read more »

Manning movement builds

October 2013

The brave battle of Private Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) against the U.S. military has exposed and clarified a great deal more than she probably ever imagined. It blew open the vault doors of hidden war crimes by the very non-humanitarian USA. It exposed how appallingly far the government will go to snuff… Read more »

The Advocate, gay rights magazine, fawning over Pope Francis

April 2014

Excerpted from Windy City Times, Jan. 8, 2014. The Advocate named Pope Francis (formerly Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio) its “Person of the Year.” Maybe the cover was meant for an April Fool’s edition, as writer Kim Flowers suggested (Windy City Times, 12/25/13). In his native Argentina, Bergoglio vigorously opposed marriage equality, saying among… Read more »

Out of Carolina: Moral Mondays rock the South

June 2014

On Feb. 8, 80,000 marchers massed in Raleigh, N.C., in the largest civil rights demonstration since the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The protest got little coverage in the national media, which prefers to showcase tea partiers of the Republican right. But it was the apex of a movement… Read more »

The epic quest for queer equality —

June 2014

Important successes and improved publicity on some fronts is refreshing to the long-lived LGBT movement and its many allies. But as the roundup below shows, it’s far too soon to rest on any laurels. Internationally and in the U.S. crucial battles still need to be fought. Global state of affairs There is scarcely a spot… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, August 2014

August 2014

EL SALVADOR Hard times In El Salvador the newly elected government hopes to continue the social programs of the previous leftist Fuentes government. The current Ceren government will be affected by the growing crisis or the possible fall of the Maduro government in Venezuela [Venezuela: Imperialist threats and the limits of populism, Vol. 35, No…. Read more »

LGBTQ liberation: do recent gains mean full equality is inevitable?

June 2015

Happy pride! The Supreme Court decision today (6/26) is a huge victory after the decades long battle to legalize queer marriage The article below written earlier this month by queer activist Gina Petry is more relevant than ever. Anyone who hasn’t been living in another world knows the LGBTQ community has made progress. From legal… Read more »