This years London Gay Pride saw one of the biggest turnouts ever despite two factors that would have all but destroyed other events. Firstly unknown persons planted two 'devices’ on the route of the march two days before. This could have led the Police to cancel the procession or a least reroute it through a less glamorous part of town. Then there was the rain that tipped down by the bucket full from beginning to end and the pathetic little protests by the National Front and their brethren from the Christian Right. Fortunately the LGBT community and their supporters are not so easily put off and beer and broll'ies were the order of the day, with the pink pound ensuring plenty of both flowed through the damp streets of London.
However, marchers carrying banners with the word 'queer' displayed on them were forbidden from displaying them at yesterday's Gay Pride event in London. Blundering cops decided that the word was 'offensive', and someone wearing a t-shirt which read 'anarchists make better lovers' was also ordered to cover it up as this was also deemed 'offensive' by those arbiters of good taste the London Met. Politics is not allowed at Pride it seems, leaving more room for corporate back-slapping about how right on companies like Lloyds Bank and British Airways are.
Pride 2007 Reports Elsewhere: Dublin Gay Pride 2007 | Gay Pride in Riga, Latvia 2007 | Chicago's Biggest Pride Parade Ever! Gives Warm Welcome to Progressive Contingent | 2007 Pride Weekend in San Francisco | Israel - we are all queersRead more >>
On Friday 25th November up to 600 women took to the streets of London to "Reclaim the Night" - as they marched from Soho Square to a rally at the University of London Union (see pics).
Reclaim The Night (also known as 'Take Back the Night') began in Northern England during the 1970s to protest against the fear that women felt walking in the streets at night. The action was held on 25th November, The United Nations International Day To End Violence Against Women, and was part of 16 days of activism against gender violence. The London Feminist Network was demanding a number of measures including culturally-specific counselling for women who have experienced sexual violence and for an audit of London transport safety.
An Amnesty International UK report recently revealed shockingly low knowledge about the scale of sexual violence against women in this country and worrying attitudes towards such crime. Every year there are thought to be up to 50,000 rapes in the UK. Currently only 5.6% of rapes reported to the police result in conviction.
In February 2005 The Home Office brought about new regulations forcing all non European Nationals to ask ‘permission’ before getting married.
Those non EU Nationals married in the United Kingdom before February of this year may classify themselves as being amongst ‘one of the lucky’ few who managed to marry the person they love, however it seems that even before these new laws were passed marriage to an non-EU member didn’t count for very much in Britain anyway.
The shocking reality of being married to an non-EU member in Britain today is a life of forced uncertainty, dominated by the imminent threat of your loved ones being deported and returned to a country where they most probably face certain death. Astonishingly the ’Right to Marry and found a family’ as outlined in Article 8 of The Human Rights Act is certainly not a right that exists for many British women today.Read more >>
Most people believe sex workers should not be criminalised. "Paying the Price", the first review of the prostitution laws for 50 years, hides the impact of the prostitution laws on women's and children's safety, protection and welfare, and makes way for more criminalisation. Sex workers and others discuss a response. See Paying the price of criminalisation - A response to the government consultation paper on prostitution by the English Collective of Prostitutes.
International Conference on prostitution, Saturday 4 December 9.30 - 6 pm St Mary's Church, Eversholt St.Read more >>
Radical Anthropology Talks in London, Spring 2016
ACTION: Close the Ripper Museum - Weds 12th August 6pm
IDEAS FOR FREEDOM 2014: Their class war and ours
THEIR CLASS WAR AND OURS: Ideas for Freedom 2014
Anarcha-feminism: women's liberation, now and in the future society
Iraq's Government Paedophile Plan for Children
New Unionism 2014: a conference for activists, 29 March, London
Grampian Police unsure of their work
Ill Health and Social Corruption in Edinburgh.
They're Dun Blaming me cuz now I'm exposing Them.
Inside the paranoid Maoist cults of 1970s Britain
The left and women's rights: leading RMT member accused
#126: the Common House, Bent Bars, anarchism in Brazil & DJ BPM
Police Spies Fashion Show
London Queer Social Centre: Location Announced & Programme of Events
HoB: The London Queer Social Centre Opening Day
Misandry, abuse of men, hatred of men, and more...
Richard William Littlejohn
Leeds Queer Film Festival
State Violence Against Women: Soni Sori and other cases from India.
occupiers of women's library being evicted!
RECLAIM IT! Direct Action in London on International Women's Day.
Bash Back! themed Queer Dance Party tonight!
london slutwalk - pics and report
"Transphobic Awards" slammed by leading youth organisation
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Climate Rush - Deeds Not Words
Protest Oct. 21 - For a Woman's Right to Choose
Rush Parliament Photos
13-10-2008 20:48 | 1 addition
Demonstration Against Ugandan Human Rights Abuse, London 9 Oct, 2008
Abortion Rights Plans House Of Commons Public Meeting
New feminist group for all genders
Sex Discrimination by London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Women and Trans DIY-SQUATTING Weekend in London, 28th-29th June
Pro Life loonies defeated both inside and outside of Parliament.
Intl Day Against Homophobia-May 17 (Events Incl Medway,Kent)
Support the Iraqi Resistance: Resist Honour Killings!
Wominspace eviction successfully resisted!
Women's and Poly-Trans Benefit Party and Workshops at Wominspace
A teach-in for reproductive freedoms, LSE, 12 April
Message of Support on Abortion Rights .
Women Busker Survey
Reproductive Freedoms teach-in, London, 12 April
Int'l Union of Sex Workers Benefit @ Hackney Social Centre
DIY Women's Health Weekend - March 15th - 16th
Dissident Island Radio - Feminist edition tonight
Wominspace now open!
A Catwalk Through Time: Charity Fashion Show
Petition For The Lives Of Two Iranian Gay Guys: Hamzeh And Loghman
LSE Union Launches "Women's Week" to Combat Gender Inequalities
Women Climate Activists Blockade the Department for Trasport
Load of WANC at rampART
Saudi embassy demo report: over 7000 lashes'sentence' for gay men.
Social Ecology at the Anarchist Bookfair
Gay Rights Protest At London Saudi Embassy As Two Face 7000 Lashes For Sodomy
20-10-2007 22:59 | 2 additions
Agenda for Feminist Fightback conference, 20 October
IRAQ: Now we have Article 41
More details: Feminist Fightback conference, 20 October 2007
Evolving Minds film maker sectioned in Ireland
Sex work, gender and immigration controls: Moving Gender Workshop
20 Feminist Fightback conference, 20 October 2007
Indigenous women murdered in Ecuador.
05-09-2007 19:35 | 1 addition
autonomous knowledge and power in a society
Second Feminist Fightback conference, UEL, October 20
The War Against Iraqi Women
Pride 2007. Pitiful counter demos.
Pride 2007 photos and report.
British Airways Shame London Pride
Queers Banned at Pride!
01-07-2007 12:01 | 2 additions
Report: gay schoolkids at great risk of attacks
Award winning film duo join forces over climate change
London socialist feminist discussion group - starts this Friday
Homophobia in Poland: protest outside the Polish embassy
URGENT- HELP STOP GAY NIGERIAN DEPORTATION DUE TONIGHT
Urgent Appeal - Help halt the deportation of Jack Ikegwu
22-04-2007 11:49 | 1 addition
Fundraiser for Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Saturday
Dayschool on class, capitalism and women's liberation, 21 April
OutRage!- religionists demand 'Right to discriminate'
OutRage!- Letter to Pres' of Ghana-decrim gays..
Rally for Zimbabwe takes place in Trafalgar Square
IWD celebrations relocated from now evicted Vortex Social Centre
International Womens Day at the Vortex Occupied Social Centre
05-03-2007 16:34 | 1 addition
Homophobe Moscow mayor met with demo at City hall,London
Update on abortion rights march, Saturday 3 March
One Year To Save The Feminist Library
Support abortion rights march in London, Saturday 3 March
Canterbury 17 Feb: Dem;End Christian Homophobia.
Queeruption 9 Feedback & Anit-G8 Benefit Party
PROTEST FOR ABORTION RIGHTS, 3 March
seminar on Women’s Rights, the Veil and Islamic and religious laws
Intl Day Against Homophobia-2007-Make some noise !
09-01-07: Video of Christian Bigots being Christian Bigots
Christian lunatics hold homophobic rally outside parliament.
Night of a thousand bigots pix
Solange Nlandu Therese Nsingu
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE YOUR FEMINIST LIBRARY
Protest for abortion rights - March 2007
Asylum From Rape Bulletin October/November 2006
Reclaim the Night photos + report
QUEERUPTION 9 Event at SOAS, Wednesday 6/12, 6.30pm
OutRage!- gay refugees abused at UK detention centre.
Public sector cuts