1000’s gathered in Leeds August 2nd for Leeds’ annual LGBT Pride march celebrating the LGBT community’s progress towards equality. However, echoing the increasing commercialisation we’ve seen at other Pride’s up and down the country, this year Leeds Pride organisers promoted big businesses like Sainsbury’s (which just last year faced protests for homophobic treatment of customers) banks over the actual politics affecting the LGBT community.
Michael Johnson, Leeds Socialist Party
In light of this Socialist Party members from across Yorkshire gathered to campaign for the de-commercialisation of Pride and the building of a mass movement of LGBT people and the working class against austerity. This received a fantastic response from the attendees with a significant number of people coming to us also ask for more information about getting involved in further campaign.
More also told us about the impact austerity is having in their lives; such as increasing homophobia in schools and workplaces highlighting the fact that despite the victories the LGBT community has won over the last few years, such as same sex marriage victories, homophobia is still rife in society.
We also joined groups like Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) and Keep Our NHS Public in the Pride march leading chants against homophobia and austerity and making sure anti-austerity politics are on the agenda at Pride