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…

Same-sex marriage victory

By ANN MONTAGUE and ANNETTE GAGNE On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a sweeping and historic decision that grants gay and lesbian couples the legal right to marry. The ruling invalidates discriminatory laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee that had been upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. It requires all…

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,…

Boycott Sochi?

By JOHN WILSON Outrage over the Putin regime’s recently enacted vicious anti-gay law has sparked a debate over how best to oppose it, and support queer communities in Russia. Already many protests have occurred. Aug. 3 was an international day of protest, which originated in San Francisco and saw demonstrations in many cities. In Toronto…

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…

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…

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…

Toronto: Stonewall is reborn

TORONTO—At least 1000 people gathered in Queen’s Park June 26 to participate in the first Stonewall march to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, which were a jump-off point for the gay liberation movement. This date had been opportunistically vacated by Pride Toronto, which moved Pride Day to…

Die-in for Queer Rights

by Caryn Jensen On Nov. 12 at the State Capitol here, as many as 150 people turned out for a die-in for queer rights. The “Homophobia Kills!” Die-In was planned in response to the increased media coverage of the queer suicides happening across the country and mirrored after two other die-ins that had already taken…

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…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Sodomy Laws

by Adam Ritscher / 2003 This past month the Supreme Court struck down the state of Texas’s anti-gay “Homosexual Conduct Law.” This law, like many of the “anti-sodomy” laws still on the books in number of states, makes gay sex an illegal act. The Supreme Court’s decision came on the heels of a big campaign…

Supremes bless same-sex marriage

by Barry Weisleder   After decades of street marches, bitter protests, and expensive legal battles, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Dec. 9 that a same-sex marriage law would be constitutional. The High Court Justices said that Parliament has the authority to redefine marriage to include gay or lesbian couples, but religious officials cannot…

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…

Youth in Action

FBI and colleges attack student rights By DAVID BERNT Using the so-called war on terrorism as a pretext, the FBI, in collaboration with colleges and universities, is trampling on the privacy rights of students. The FBI has sought out, and in most cases obtained private student records, which by law are not to be released…