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NEXT ISSUE: Combating Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia

October 4, 2012

[Note: Issue 23, coming out in the winter, will be a special issue on combating sexism, homophobia and transphobia in our movements. This theme was suggested to us by political prisoner David Gilbert, and he is helping Jaan and I compile material to further the discussion.

We know that right-wing backlash against the rights of women, queer people and trans people is growing right now. But as revolutionaries we must also struggle against these tendencies in our own movements and communities. Many of us internalized a lot of poisonous ideas growing up in this society, and we have to confront and work to change attitudes that contribute to the oppression of others. I myself have been working to be a better ally to the trans people in my life.

I hope that the following letter from David will inspire you to reflect on your own attitudes and experiences, and that you will send us some writings for Issue 23 – and for future issues, as I’m sure this important dialogue will continue.   – Sara Falconer]

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