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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 April 2019

Discussion and debate at Leeds Trans Pride

Leeds Socialist Party members on the city's second annual Trans Pride march, 31.3.19, photo by Leeds Socialist Party

Leeds Socialist Party members on the city's second annual Trans Pride march, 31.3.19, photo by Leeds Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Michael Johnson, Leeds Socialist Party

Transphobic hate crimes are going up. Trans people have gained some legal protections but still face high levels of unemployment and around a two-year wait for NHS services.

200 people gathered in Leeds on 31 March for the second annual Trans Pride event. This year also marked the tenth anniversary of Trans Day of Visibility.

There was a clear mood for action on the march to defend trans rights. The Socialist Party pointed out that the Tories, embroiled in infighting, are kicking reform of the Gender Recognition Act down the street. And that cuts to public services, including gender clinics and mental health services, affect the day-to-day lives of trans people.

We need to build a mass working-class movement for trans rights, an end to all forms of discrimination, and the socialist transformation of society - to get rid of the capitalist system that oppression and austerity is based on.

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International socialist news and analysis

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News

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End Tory cold cruelty: life under austerity in Merthyr

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Toxic Grenfell fire residue threatens survivors

Poor doors, segregated playgrounds

Probation privatisation failure


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Thousands of Honda workers march in Swindon

Greenwich Unite demands workers brought in-house

Well-supported strike against cuts at Bradfield school

Chesterfield hospital privatisation plans

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PCS elections

PCS elections: Support socialist candidates


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Vote for socialist mayor and council candidates

NHS marches in Yorkshire and London

Financing the fightback

Discussion and debate at Leeds Trans Pride

Socialists say we need a workers' Brexit at Young Labour debate

Reclaim the Game book launch


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