Community members and activists gathered Sept. 27, the day after the local Pride march, for a community forum hosted by the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party. Lesbian author and Workers World contributing editor Minnie Bruce Pratt, and activists Jess Jude and Ngoc Loan Tran began by sharing their personal history and experiences connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer struggles with other movements.
The audience responded by sharing their own experiences and discussing how to take the next steps in building solidarity across struggles, and the value of joining a revolutionary party to help achieve that goal.
Later that night, there was a community screening of the film “Pride,” which tells the true story of a communist-led group of gays and lesbians who raised funds to help support striking Welsh miners in 1984. Afterwards, the discussion of building solidarity continued, focusing on how to build bridges between the LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter movements.