On September 26, a rally against LGBTI-phobias was held at the bottom of the alleys of Jean Jaurès, organized in particular by Les Collages Féministes Toulouse. UCL Toulouse et Alentours, which obviously supports these struggles, made a speech, which we publish here.
52 years ago LGBTI struggles entered a new era with the Stonewall riots. Today, while the COVID19 pandemic has worsened our living conditions, there is still nothing to be expected from the powers that be.
On June 28, 1969, the police raided as usual a New York bar frequented by LGBTI people, the Stonewall. But this time, police violence will find an unexpected response, for several nights LGBTI people will hold the streets facing the cops. A year later, the first pride march took place.
The Stonewall Riots were the start of a period of rich struggles for our rights in an era when homosexuality was penalized and treated as a psychiatric illness. Fifty years later, where are we? If advances and rights have undeniably been obtained at the cost of fierce struggles, the need to build LGBTI, radical, massive and offensive struggles is still felt.
Do not expect anything from power …
The austerity policies of the government have consequences that directly affect LGBTI people: budget cuts for associations fighting against homophobia and transphobia, reduction in the number of places in foster homes for LGBTI people who have lost their families or even decrease in funding for AIDS care and prevention policies. Trans people are particularly affected, because they are often the most precarious.
We have nothing to expect from governments and powerful people, as gay-friendly as they claim to be. Capitalism is preparing to experience new major crises, and as always within the proletariat, LGBTI people, along with racialized people and women, will suffer the consequences first and most violently.
Faced with the State and the reactionaries, it is not only a question of defending oneself, it is necessary to continue to make offensive demands. For example, the recognition of intersex people and the end of sexual mutilation imposed on them and the opening up of the right to assisted reproduction for all are major issues. As expected, the Macron presidency seems less determined to apply these measures than its anti-social reforms!
Expect everything from our self-organization!
This reminds us that effectively combating LGBTIphobias cannot be limited to a few statements of support: it is above all a long day-to-day work, of self-organization of our communities, of building a balance of power and solidarity against patriarchy and more widely against all dominations.
To put an end to the trampling of our existences and our collective freedoms, it is necessary that our struggles take the path of a break with patriarchy, but also with capitalism and the racist system with which it is intertwined.
We want to live free in a society free from exploitation and domination, where social equality would be ensured by the collective management of our needs and the means of production, where the emancipation of each would be the business of all, where solidarity would be the basis of society. This is what we call libertarian communism.
To continue this dynamic of struggle, we call for a parade on Tuesday, September 28, 6 p.m. from the Capitole metro for the right to abortion and in the radical parade of pride on October 9 from 2:30 p.m. rue Alsace-Lorraine.
Let’s reject their world, let’s build our own. Against the patriarchy, long live those who struggle, long live popular power!