Working-class Black and brown trans ballroom scene birthed contemporary gay culture, by Maicol David Lynch

In honor of Pride Month, it’s important to highlight the working-class roots of the LGBTQ liberation movement in the United States. While a popular show like RuPaul’s Drag Race has made it to mainstream television, appearing on VH1 and Paramount+ and streaming endlessly on Netflix, we cannot forget where LGBTQ culture came from. Much ofContinue reading “Working-class Black and brown trans ballroom scene birthed contemporary gay culture, by Maicol David Lynch”

Opinion: Corporations celebrating Pride gave thousands to Maine anti-LGBTQ candidates, by Mike Tipping at MaineBeacon

“We are proud to recognize and celebrate Pride Month,” Comcast declared on June 1, “as we work to create a world of open possibilities for all.” The largest cable TV and internet service company in the United States also announced the launch of a virtual reality “Pride World,” with “events, Pride floats, Pride flags, andContinue reading “Opinion: Corporations celebrating Pride gave thousands to Maine anti-LGBTQ candidates, by Mike Tipping at MaineBeacon”

Leslie Feinberg interviews Sylvia Rivera, from Worker’s World

‘I’m glad I was in the Stonewall riot’ Workers World Managing Editor Leslie Feinberg interviewed Sylvia Rivera. Rivera, a Puerto Rican drag queen, was a combatant at the Stonewall Rebellion in June 1969 that ignited the young gay liberation movement. Sylvia Rivera and African American drag queen Marsha P. Johnson co-founded STAR: Street Transvestites ActionContinue reading “Leslie Feinberg interviews Sylvia Rivera, from Worker’s World”

A Socialist, Feminist, and Transgender Analysis of “Sex Work”, from AF3IRM

CW: Rape Dear Sister Comrades at Red Canary Song and the NYC DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group, My name is Esperanza and I am a socialist, a feminist, a transgender Latina woman, and a survivor of the sex trade. I am writing to you as comrades in the struggle for socialism and as sisters whoContinue reading “A Socialist, Feminist, and Transgender Analysis of “Sex Work”, from AF3IRM”

The Capitalist Theft of Pride and How We Can Take It Back By Raina Overskride

When I first came out in 2012 as a trans woman, I knew little about Pride and what I saw was many corporations supporting Pride. At the time, I thought this kind of corporate support was a great thing. I was a very naïve, freshly hatched, transwoman who still had so much more to learn.Continue reading “The Capitalist Theft of Pride and How We Can Take It Back By Raina Overskride”

Carbon sequestration: Climate solution or bridge to more fossil fuel profits? By Len Yannielli from People’s World

Connecticut gets almost half its energy from methane, also called natural gas. Some, especially in certain ruling circles, see this fossil fuel as a bridge to renewable energy. While methane makes up much less of the carbon in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide, it does so in an unfortunate, powerful way. Methane molecules trap 25xContinue reading “Carbon sequestration: Climate solution or bridge to more fossil fuel profits? By Len Yannielli from People’s World”

Astounding Victory in Peru of Socialist Candidate for President by Tom Whitney

In voting on June 6, Pedro Castillo, candidate of the Perú Libre(Free Peru) political party, defeated three-time presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. Five days later, with all votes counted, Castillo claimed a victory margin of 69,546 votes, or 50.2 % of the votes. Keiko Fujimori, who gained 49.8% ofContinue reading “Astounding Victory in Peru of Socialist Candidate for President by Tom Whitney”

Red Alert: Only One Earth, from Tricontinental

Source: https://thetricontinental.org/red-alert-11-environment/ A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Making Peace with Nature (2021), highlights the ‘gravity of the Earth’s triple environmental emergencies: climate, biodiversity loss, and pollution’. These three ‘self-inflicted planetary crises’, the UNEP says, put ‘the well-being of current and future generations at unacceptable risk’. This Red Alert, released forContinue reading “Red Alert: Only One Earth, from Tricontinental”

Advocates look to expand trans rights in Maine after committee sinks discriminatory bills, by Evan Popp

Following the rejection of three anti-trans bills by the majority of the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on May 20, advocates are turning their focus to working on larger cultural and institutional shifts toward trans rights while also looking to pass several more immediate bills this session.  Two of the three bills that rights groups andContinue reading “Advocates look to expand trans rights in Maine after committee sinks discriminatory bills, by Evan Popp”

What has the working class gotten from the Biden administration so far?, by Joel Wendland-Liu

Reports say Biden has dropped his limited proposals to cancel student loan debt. The most recent draft of the administration’s budget eliminates key promises, including a public option for health insurance, important programs to address climate change, and a proposed wealth tax. The White House claimed that it took these steps to strengthen its positionContinue reading “What has the working class gotten from the Biden administration so far?, by Joel Wendland-Liu”