07) AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!
Defend and Strengthen LGBTQ2SI Rights! - Pride 2016 Statement from the
Communist Party of
The massacre in
In the Queer community, a gay-bar is often the one place Queer folk feel safe and able to be ourselves. Pride marks the anniversary of a riot of resistance - Stonewall - defending gay-bars from police attacks. Pride marches and events have grown into global movement to assert human rights. Pride’s political significance cannot be forgotten.
The Orlando shootings, the victims of which were mainly Latinx
and Black members of the LGBTQ2SI community, must be seen within the context of
the well-organized backlash by, in particular fundamentalist Christian, right
wing groups against the gains made by the Queer movement. In the
Presenting the Orlando massacre as another tragedy brought on by the problem of “Islamic extremism” ignores the fact that North America has a history of mass shootings and terrorist acts committed by those that grow up here in a racist, patriarchal, homophobic and transphobic culture that breeds these acts of extreme violence, which are most often committed by non-Muslims. The corporate media’s drive to use this homophobic hate crime to fuel the “War on Terror”, which has already cost between 1-2 million lives, also fails to seriously address the root causes of homophobia and transphobia here at home.
Opposing homophobia and Islamophobia are part of the
same struggle. Today, the economic crisis, the “
Homophobia and transphobia seek to entrench the
heterosexual, patriarchal family which is necessary for capitalism to police
and maintain the gendered division of labour, and
increase the rate of profits. The Communist Party of
US and Canadian imperialism back the right wing forces
that are intent on reversing the gains made by progressive governments in
Prime Minister Trudeau says he is feminist and pro-LGBTQ2SI yet his government,
The defeat of the Federal Conservatives last year, was a victory for the
LGBTQ2SI movement, and may finally guarantee legal and human rights protection
to trans and gender variant people across
Bill C-16 would update the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include the terms 'gender identity' and 'gender expression." If passed, the legislation would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression. It would also extend hate speech laws to include the two terms. Criminal laws would also be updated to make it a hate crime when someone is targeted because of their gender identity or gender expression, meaning judges would have to consider it as an aggravating factor in deciding what sentence to impose.
There is still much work to be done on this front, as the reactionary
Conservative dominated Senate could still block the legislation. With the
recent passing of
The new Federal Liberal government, despite its more progressive social agenda, continues with the corporate-driven “austerity” cuts, and the attacks on labour, civil and democratic rights such as the security state laws (Bill C-51), introduced by previous Liberal and Tory governments. The Liberals are a party of big business and are continuing policies (such as the Trans Pacific Partnership) that negatively impact LGBTQ2SI people, women, Aboriginal peoples, and racialized groups, and undercut equality gains. Provincial governments - almost without exception – also continuing to drive the austerity agenda. The most marginalized members of the LGBTQ2SI community, including trans, two-spirited, racialized queers and young people, are those hardest-hit by the social program cutbacks.
We believe that “an injury to one is an injury to all.” Adopting full legal and political protections for sexual orientation and gender expression, and gender identity, and respect for the bodily diversity of intersex people, is urgently needed to strengthen working class unity.
This unity is a vital element of the broad labour, democratic and social movement to put people’s needs before corporate greed, austerity and war. Our LGBTQ2SI community must be a key player in a efforts to build a “People’s Coalition” of labour, Aboriginal peoples, youth and students, women, seniors, farmers, immigrant and racialized communities, environmentalists, peace activists and many other allies.
Mass resistance in our communities and workplaces, in the streets and at the
ballot box, can defeat the parties of big business and open the door to a
“people not profits” government. The goal of the Communist Party is to win
genuine people’s power in a socialist
This historic advance will make it possible to eradicate the interweaving forms of exploitation and oppression which threaten our world today. We urge you to join the Communist Party and the Young Communist League to achieve a liberated society in which, as Karl Marx said, “the freedom of each is the condition for the freedom of all.”
The Communist Party and the Young Communist League demand:
· Strengthen and enforce hate crime legislation, no to all forms of transphobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia;
·Strengthen solidarity with trans
· Struggle to expand trans rights including the explicit protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in all Provincial and Territorial laws and human rights codes;
· Make “conversion therapy”, a pseudo-psychiatric or religious practice that tries to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, illegal in all provinces;
· Expand the rights of LGBTQ2SI youth: end the two-tiered age of consent laws for queer youth and protect Intersex minors from non-consensual surgery respecting bodily diversity;
· End the homophobic and unscientific blood ban for gay men donating blood;
· Increase social services and housing support to meet the needs of the 25-40% of homeless youth that identify as LGBTQ;
· End the Federal and Provincial governments’ drive towards austerity, and big business’ move towards precarious part-time employment, which disproportionately affect LGBTQ2SI peoples who are amongst the hardest hit by social program cutbacks.
· Stop imperialism’s support of reactionary forces around
the world. No to the coup in
(The above article is from the July 1-31, 2016, issue