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Same-sex marriage fight not over

By November 13, 2014

After being buoyed by a string of victories, the movement for the right to marry was set back Nov. 6 when the Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In October, the four appellate courts had upheld lower court rulings overturning a total of 16 state […]


Hate crime reform a snake oil cure for LGBTQ oppression

By October 1, 2014

Philadelphia — In the wake of the recent gay bashing in Philadelphia, let’s not be fooled into thinking that cops and more incarceration will be our salvation. On Sept. 11, a group of at least three people — including a daughter of the Chalfont, Pa., chief of police — allegedly attacked and brutally beat two gay men in Philadelphia. One […]


LGBTQ and bus drivers’ union solidarity

By June 17, 2014
LGBTQ activists honor Boston school bus drivers union in Pride March.WW photo: Stevan Kirschbaum

By Garrett Dicembre and Gerry Scoppettuolo Boston —  The $15-and-a-union struggle sweeping the country rolled through the streets of Boston on Gay Pride, June 14, as several union contingents paraded by hundreds of thousands of onlookers with banners and placards supporting the low-wage workers struggle and the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local […]


Motor City Pride

By June 11, 2014

“Motor City Pride,” a June 7-8 festival with a march the second day, drew tens of thousands from all over southeast Michigan to downtown Detroit this year. Even more than in previous years, the struggle for marriage equality took center stage. Same-sex couples won a huge victory in March when Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled […]


All issues are LGBTQ issues!

By June 6, 2014
WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

The annual Pride Parade in Buffalo is huge, raucous and wonderfully well-attended, but for many years it has been depoliticized by corporate sponsorship, becoming a party rather than a rallying point for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. For the parade on June 1 this year, the Buffalo/Western New York International Action Center called […]


Boston St. Patrick’s Day Peace march

By March 19, 2014

March 16 — Solidarity overwhelmed bigotry on the streets of South Boston this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. For 20 years the Allied War Veterans organization has rejected openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from marching in its traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as anti-war and peace groups led by the local […]


Michael Sam: Big step forward for LGBTQ athletes

By February 18, 2014
Michael Sam

By Scott Williams and Imani Henry “I’m a college graduate, African-American, and I’m gay.” With these words spoken on Feb. 9, Michael Sam, an All-American college defensive back with the highly ranked Missouri Tigers in 2013, could potentially make history as the first openly gay male recruited to a National Football League football team. Historically […]


Black & Pink San Diego shows moving film on imprisoned transgender women

By January 15, 2014
WW photo:  Gloria Verdieu

San Diego, Calif. — A film showing the blatant discrimination that transgender people endure in the prison system was shown here on Jan. 12. The screening of “Cruel & Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison,” followed by a discussion about the prison-industrial complex, was hosted by Black & Pink San Diego. The moving and caring documentary […]


Fighting for people’s power

By December 9, 2013
Larry Hales

  Talk given at the 2013 WWP conference by Larry Hales. What drives us as revolutionaries is our ability to generalize from our individual hardships — to see them not as personal misfortunes, but as stemming from systemic exploitation and oppression in an uncaring system, one that puts the interests of the few over the […]


Michigan Election Day victory for LGBTQ rights

By November 17, 2013

Across the country, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities celebrated two big victories. First, Illinois became the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriages. Then, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Election Day, the LGBTQ population of Southeast Michigan was […]