Posts in: LGBTQ

An answer to the crisis: 10-point program of the Freedom Socialist Party

June 2015

No more bailouts for bankers & speculators. Open the books. Nationalize the banking and insurance industries, under the control of workers! • Make public the results of worker audits of allegedly bankrupt and failing companies. • Send corporate crooks to jail, including predatory lenders. Redirect war spending into social services. Redirect the Pentagon’s $500-plus billion… Read more »

Open Letter on the November 3, 2009 General Election

October 13, 2009

Dear Friend, With nearly 10 percent unemployment in the state, voters need candidates who challenge the profit system and will fight for genuine relief for the people hardest hit. Unfortunately Washington State’s November 3 ballot contains no such candidates. You may say, why bother to vote? We have an answer: this is your chance to… Read more »

Stonewall was a riot—now we need a revolution!

June 12, 2009

Triumph and trouble: it’s strange times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. On one hand, the mobilization for same-sex marriage has achieved legalization in six states. This is a battle for basic civil equality that has energized queers from coast to coast — whatever they think of the institution of marriage! Public support for… Read more »

Court Decision Provokes Gay Counterattack

Spring 1977

Washington State law has plunged back into the Dark Ages as a result of a recent State Supreme Court decision that could severely damage gay rights for years to come. Citing the saintly authority of the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Court upheld a 1972 Tacoma, Washington, School Board decision to fire James Gaylord from his… Read more »

Anita Bryant Praises the Lord and Denounces Gays

Spring 1977

“Save Our Children, Inc.” — an antigay group fronted by singer and orange-juice-pusher Anita Bryant — has stepped up its vicious campaign to rescind a Dade County, Florida ordinance that prohibits job and housing discrimination against gays. Bryant and her accomplices launched a religious crusade and obtained 10,000 signatures for a June, 1977 referendum on… Read more »

“Gays and Work” symposium

Spring 1977

A ground-breaking symposium, “Gays and Work,” attracted 100 people to the University of Washington for an intensive examination of on-the-job discrimination faced by gay workers. The first of its kind in the U.S., the conference placed special emphasis on the status of lesbians and ethnic minority gays.

Which Way for the Lavender and Red Union?

Spring 1977

Lavender and Red Union, a self-proclaimed “communist” gay liberation group that originated in Los Angeles, has recently embarked upon a cautious ideological turn toward Trotskyism. The publication of an article entitled “Permanent Revolution” on the front page of its newspaper, Come Out Fighting, signaled, according to L&RU, “a clear break with the Stalinist/Maoist/New Left milieu… Read more »

Spartacist betrayal: Lavender and Red Union dumps gay liberation

Summer 1977

Los Angeles — At precisely the moment of the largest gay upsurge of protest and self-defense in history, the Red Flag Union — formerly Lavender and Red Union — has chosen to announce its cynical abandonment of the gay movement. Their June 10-12 conference, “Stonewall’ 77 — What is the Importance of Gay Liberation in… Read more »

Gay Pride, Gay Protest, Gay Rage

Summer 1977

The gay movement has exploded into the consciousness of America. Never has the world seen such a massive outpouring of gay pride, protest and rage as erupted during June, 1977 when enormous demonstrations hit the streets and furnished the media with a new sensational topic for banner headlines, exciting interviews and cautious editorials. In only… Read more »

L.A. gay group challenges reformists

Spring 1978

Dominated for years by a reformist leadership cemented to the Democratic Party machine, the Los Angeles gay movement was enormously invigorated last summer when gays thronged the streets of Hollywood to protest the nationwide right-wing attack on them. Out of this revitalization grew a new formation, the Union of Lesbians an Gay Men, armed with… Read more »