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(en) Ireland, derry anarchists: STONEWALL Remembered: Foyle Pride 2018

Date Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:01:16 +0300

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Derry's Foyle Pride week which hosted a series of commemorations events from talks to exhibitions. But in commemorating Pride it is vital that all of us take time out to remember the history of Pride celebrations, its origins and how radical LGBTQ activists made attempts to challenge a world that refused to recognise any form of sexual freedom. ---- In particular the Stonewall riots which took place in New York and how the police and groups of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people clashed in a series of early morning confrontations back in June 28, 1969. That date, just as the name of Stonewall, became synonymous with what was to be a watershed for the worldwide LGBTQ movement who for the first time stood up and actively resisted police and state oppression head on.

Here in Derry, Foyle Pride has to be the only independent, cross-community based driven LGBTQ festivals in the entire island of Ireland which stands alone in its long held radical ethos of refusing both corporate funding and any participation of the police, no matter how hard they try to 'normalise' the celebrations. For this alone the Foyle Pride committee deserve a high-five from each and everyone of us, as people gathered to celebrate 25 years of organising Pride in the city viewed as the birth place of the civil rights movement. As ever the route of the Foyle Pride Parade followed in the foot steps of the original Civil Rights March back in 1968 which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

It was equally important that members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Derry took part in this years celebrations in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, standing with fellow workers in highlighting the call that an injury to one is an injury to all.
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