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”