Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans

A youth-organized and youth-led contingent in the Central New York Pride 2012 march in Syracuse, N.Y., demanded: “Free CeCe McDonald! March for CeCe!” on June 16. ... Posted Jun 21, 2012

The 8th annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice happens June 22 in New York City.... Posted Jun 21, 2012

As Pride 2012 is being celebrated this June, bigotry and oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals and communities — along with virulent racism — are alive and well across the United States. ... Posted Jun 6, 2012

Statement by Leslie Feinberg.... Posted Jun 6, 2012

This was the second year in a row that Motor City Pride took place in downtown Detroit. ... Posted Jun 6, 2012

The first Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer Pride month in the Occupy era begins this week. In Boston, New York, San Francisco, Raleigh, N.C., and elsewhere, activists will be organizing Pride march contingents emphasizing opposition to anti-LGBTQ bigotry, racism and war. ... Posted Jun 6, 2012

President Barack Obama’s recent statement in support of same-sex marriages reflects the hard work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer organizations, activists and allies to demand the right of equality for LGBTQ people. ... Posted May 16, 2012

Speech given by the late Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, on Aug. 15, 1970, on gay and women’s rights.... Posted May 16, 2012

Tea Party followers likely thought they could hold a virulently anti-gay rally on Boston Common on April 15 to freely spew their hatred. They were wrong. ... Posted Apr 19, 2012

Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a 23-year-old African-American trans woman who was attacked by patrons of a Minneapolis tavern on June 5 of last year.... Posted Apr 11, 2012

A coalition of LGBT groups released “An Open Letter: Standing Alongside Trayvon Martin’s Family and Friends” on April 2:... Posted Apr 4, 2012

A large rally to end a ban on Palestine solidarity organizing at the Manhattan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center was held on March 3 during Israeli Apartheid Week. It was initiated by NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.... Posted Mar 18, 2012

The struggle to free Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald in Minneapolis deserves wide publicity and support. McDonald, 23, is an African-American transgender woman who was brutally attacked by racist, anti-lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer bigots on June 5.... Posted Feb 22, 2012

Blustery, frigid winds buffeted the crowd gathered in support of Brandon White, a 20-year-old gay man whose videotaped beating at the hands of reputed gang members outside a corner store shocked millions of viewers nationwide.... Posted Feb 16, 2012

African-American lesbian activist, poet and writer Audre Lorde wrote that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Published in 1984, her statement is a perfect response to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Dec. 6 announcement that the U.S. will supposedly be championing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world. ... Posted Dec 15, 2011

After years of protest and struggle by the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer communities and their allies, on Sept. 20 the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of legal discrimination against LGBTQ people in the military was repealed. ... Posted Oct 6, 2011

Hoisting signs proclaiming “Using queers to oppress Palestinians [is] just not fabulous,” “Don’t censor queer organizing” and “We need solidarity, not bigotry, Don’t lock out pro-Palestinian queers,” activists gathered in front of New York’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center the evening of March 5 to protest cancellation of an Israeli Apartheid Week event.... Posted Mar 10, 2011

Last fall students at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Mich., made history by electing Oakleigh Marshall Reed homecoming king. Reed — known to his classmates as Oak — is a transgender youth. School records have him listed as female under the birth name Oakleigh Marie.... Posted Mar 3, 2011

In Michigan there is currently a struggle over whether or not to pass “anti-bullying” legislation. To define its opponents as “bigoted extremists” would be an understatement. Who could possibly stand in the way of protecting a child from assault, harassment and intimidation... Posted Feb 21, 2011

A group of people, ranging in age from 15 to 60, banded together on Dec. 18 to stage a die-in for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer liberation at the Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Conn.... Posted Jan 29, 2011

Excerpts from a Nov. 13 talk given by LeiLani Dowell, a Workers World managing editor and Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) organizer, at the Nov. 13-14 Workers World Party national conference.... Posted Dec 16, 2010

Many thousands of people in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world have read and been inspired by the writings of Leslie Feinberg, a transgender lesbian activist, revolutionary working-class intellectual and Workers World newspaper managing editor.... Posted Sep 2, 2010

The Sonoma (Calif.) County Board of Supervisors finally surrendered on Aug. 5. The board agreed to settle with Clay Greene, and he was awarded $650,000. Clay Greene and his partner Harold Scull had been forcibly abducted by the county in April 2008. Their possessions had been auctioned off after the city terminated the lease on their home.... Posted Sep 2, 2010

Racism and ageism were themes for the keynote speakers at the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change national gathering in Cleveland in July.... Posted Aug 29, 2010

Resolutions passed by Old Lesbians Organizing for Change at its national gathering, held July 14-18 in Cleveland.... Posted Aug 29, 2010

On July 31, under the pressure of a national campaign calling for her to honor the boycott of Arizona, Lady Gaga, one the biggest icons in pop music, met with local activists and used her Phoenix concert to speak out against SB1070.... Posted Aug 4, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of spirited marchers and cheering spectators participated in Boston’s 40th Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer Pride Parade on June 12. The theme of this year’s march was “From Riots to Rights.”... Posted Jun 24, 2010

Chanting, “Queers come out and take a stand, there’s too much blood on Israel’s hands!” an angry group of LGBTQ activists picketed on June 17 in front of the Castro Theatre in San Francisco to protest Israeli support of the Frameline LGBT Film Festival.... Posted Jun 24, 2010

Activists in the lesbian, gay, bi and transgender communities are continuing to push for a repeal of the reactionary “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which dictates the discharge of LGBT members of the U.S. military if they reveal their sexuality or if it is otherwise exposed.... Posted Jun 23, 2010

A powerful and historic alliance has developed here between hotel and restaurant workers represented by UNITE HERE and the lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer community, through support and struggle for each other’s causes.... Posted Jun 10, 2010

West Virginia Pride held its 14th annual LGBTQ Pride Parade/Festival in the capital city of Charleston on June 6. ... Posted Jun 10, 2010

Over 100 University of Massachusetts students and community supporters came out on Dec. 1 to protest the appearance near the UMass campus of the white supremacist, anti-gay, anti-Semitic Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Church in Kansas.... Posted Dec 13, 2009

On the evening of Nov. 30, scores of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activists packed Cleveland City Council chambers in anticipation of a tremendous victory for the transgender community. That night the Council revised the city charter to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.... Posted Dec 13, 2009

Excerpts from a talk given by Fight Imperialism, Stand Together organizer LeiLani Dowell, at the WWP National Conference, Nov. 14.... Posted Dec 6, 2009

Over 150,000 strong and overwhelmingly young, the sea of marchers demanded full equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the National Equality March on Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11.... Posted Oct 14, 2009

Mokgadi Caster Semenya is a South African runner who won the women’s 800-meter gold medal at the 2009 World Championships. She was subsequently challenged by competitors to prove her gender and subjected to sex tests by the International Association of Athletics Federations. South African gender and political analyst Nomboniso Gasa responds.... Posted Sep 9, 2009

A court in India’s capital has made a historic decision in overturning a law that banned sex between people of the same gender. The law, section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was imposed on the Indian people by the British when they colonized the country. It declared “carnal intercourse” to be “against the order of nature,” with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. While few were criminally prosecuted under the law, many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people were persecuted and harassed because of it.... Posted Jul 20, 2009

Pride weekend kicked off in New York City on June 26 with a militant march for trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) peoples’ rights. The Trans Day of Action marched from Union Square past New York’s Human Resources Administration to demand that all people receiving public assistance, including TGNC people of color, be treated with respect and dignity.... Posted Jul 1, 2009

Shelley Ettinger says: When I volunteered to speak about Workers World Party’s history with regard to the party’s role in the lesbian, gay, bi and trans struggle, I didn’t realize what an enormous task I was taking on. The party’s contribution to this struggle is, in fact, a huge topic.... Posted Jun 24, 2009

In Cuba the campaign against homophobia has access to all the mass media and is an ongoing educational effort, not just a one-day affair. This information may surprise many people in the United States, who get very little news from the corporate media here about the great social progress that has been made in Cuba as a result of its revolution. However, readers of Workers World newspaper were fortunate enough to learn a great deal about Cuba’s campaign to rectify old prejudices through the series of articles called Lavender & Red. ... Posted Jun 24, 2009

Only eight hours after the announcement of the California Supreme Court’s prejudice-based ruling supporting Prop 8 on May 26, 5,000 disappointed, sad, but mostly angry San Diegans stormed out of Balboa Park onto Sixth Avenue and chanted their way to the heart of downtown. ... Posted Jun 6, 2009

The struggle for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equal rights under bourgeois marriage law won back-to-back victories this month with the extension of full marriage rights to same-sex couples in Vermont and Iowa. These two states joined Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only states to perform same-sex marriages.... Posted Apr 24, 2009

“Milk” is a rare film for, from the viewpoint of partisans for LGBT liberation, it deserves the acclaim it’s received. Although it is ostensibly about the title character, this is really a movie about something much bigger than one person.... Posted Feb 11, 2009

Imani Henry, trans activist who is a co-founder of Rainbow Flags for Mumia and a contributing writer for Workers World newspaper.
Posted Dec 2, 2008

Organized by a coalition called Californians Against Hate, a large crowd of LGBT activists and representatives from many area unions gathered in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel to send a two-pronged message to the hotel’s CEO.... Posted Jul 27, 2008

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans pride was marked with activities continuing the struggle for LGBT rights from June 27 to 29 in New York City.... Posted Jul 2, 2008

Members of Picture the Homeless and the Radical Homosexual Agenda joined forces on June 24 for a protest at the Gracie Mansion where billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg was hosting a dinner and reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month.... Posted Jul 2, 2008

Since its founding in 2000, Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment! (FIERCE!) has worked strenuously to create and amplify a voice for LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.... Posted Feb 7, 2008

U.S. and British military public relations, and their embedded media, focused on Taliban laws and attitudes about same-sex love to agitate for the October 2001 invasion and justify occupation.... Posted Dec 16, 2007

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