Campaigning for LGBT rights

August 1st, 2008

 If you believe New Labour propaganda – which most workers saw through years ago – you would think that everything is great for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Blair and his supporters within the LGBT community claim that legal reforms, such as civil partnerships, can solve all our problems. But laws aimed against sexism and racism have not ushered in a golden age for women or Black and Asian workers.

The truth is that LGBT people still have to protect themselves from prejudice and bigotry and we can only do this by organising and fighting together. Any reforms we have won were dragged out gradually, often against a grudgingly slow and prevaricating government, by years of campaigning.
Whether it is about safety from physical attack on the streets, not being sacked or discriminated against at work, or defending HIV/AIDS and sexual health services from NHS cuts, words on the statute book will not end discrimination. What is more, there are threats from reactionary politicians pushing “family values” and “morality” agendas, as well as the homophobic BNP and right-wing religious fundamentalists.

Robbie stands for equality for all shopworkers and if elected will launch a campaign to stop discrimination in the workplace.


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