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(en) Britain, Manchester Solfed: IDAHO, 17 May, a celebration of sexual diversity

Date Wed, 20 May 2020 09:49:43 +0300


Way back in 1990, a group chose 17 May as the date to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO). ---- Although it may appear unbelievable that homosexuality could ever have been thought of as a "disease", we should remember that people in Europe and the United States were interned, psychiatrized and discriminated against in society and work. ---- Not all of this discrimination has gone away, however, and LGBTQ people are routinely abused, however many prominent gays and lesbians appear on the TV. ---- And this is not to speak of elsewhere, in Russia, where homosexuality is practically illegal and torture and physical aggression is the norm, or legal and capital punishment elsewhere in the world.

So, as an organization, we celebrate and promote diversity and the rights of all to determine their own bodies, gender and sexuality in a democratic way and as long as this harms no-one.

The anarchist tradition has a mixed past on this front, we know, but it was also one of the first radical social movements to embrace women's freedom, sexual freedom, "free love" outside of marriage by church or state and a positive attitude towards sexuality.

Now is the time to consolidate our freedoms and never to let go of them. Ever.
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