Film: The Danish Girl

By JOHN WILSON “The Danish Girl,” 1 hr. 59 min., directed by Tom Hooper. “The Danish Girl” is a mesmerizing, moving account of how transgender pioneer Lili Elbe (originally Einar Wegener) came to be one of the first persons known to have gender reassignment surgery. Adapted from David Ebershoff’s fictionalized novel of 2000, it features Eddie … Continue reading Film: The Danish Girl

British government betrayed its hero

By GAETANA CALDWELL-SMITH and JOE AUCIELLO The Imitation Game, a film biography directed by Morten Tyldum, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. Director Morten Tyldum has crafted an excellent fictionalized film biography, “The Imitation Game,” based on the book, ”Alan Turing: The Enigma,” by Andrew Hodges. The film portrays Turing as an intelligent though troubled man, … Continue reading British government betrayed its hero

TransJustice: the fight for health care

By ANN MONTAGUE  Transjustice activists are working on a lot of issues, and a major one is health care. The United States is very far behind countries with national health-care systems, as most of these countries cover whatever transgender people need without prejudice. The Transgender Law Center is a major resource for information about the … Continue reading TransJustice: the fight for health care

A victory for same-sex marriage rights

By ANN MONTAGUE On June 26 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. This legislation was promoted and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and denies any of the over 1100 federal benefits to same-sex couples. The Court’s 5-4 majority decision was clear and simple. Writing for … Continue reading A victory for same-sex marriage rights

Victory for Ontario LGBT youth

Prodded by years of lesbian/gay rights agitation, Ontario New Democrats compelled the provincial Liberal Party to stand up and defy theocracy. The parties passed the Accepting Schools Act in June, mandating that all Ontario schools allow Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to be formed in publicly funded Catholic Separate schools. In Mississauga (west of Toronto), Catholic high … Continue reading Victory for Ontario LGBT youth

Why Mass Action?

The broad outlines of Socialist Action's views on the centrality of mass mobilizations in building an irresistible antiwar movement have been published in previous issues of this newspaper (see Jeff Mackler's article in our November 2007 issue). But some additional elaboration can be helpful at a time when activists are today discussing concrete measures to … Continue reading Why Mass Action?

Setbacks in MA, a Victory in CT – The Struggle Continues for Gay Marriages

by Joe Auciello / November 2005 issue of Socialist Action newspaper BOSTON—During the last two years, the struggle for gay rights, especially the initiatives for civil unions and same-sex marriages, has seen more setbacks than gains throughout the United States. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gays had a right to marry, … Continue reading Setbacks in MA, a Victory in CT – The Struggle Continues for Gay Marriages

Youth in Action

The Truth about Shell Oil By MARK OSTAPIAK In September 2001, Northland College in Ashland, Wis., sponsored a forum on "sustainability" featuring a representative from Shell Oil. In response, the Youth for Socialist Action on campus distributed a leaflet describing Shell's atrocious record in Nigeria. This article is adapted from the leaflet. Beneath the ground … Continue reading Youth in Action