Friday , 27 May 2022

Anti austerity LGBTI group formed in Glasgow


Activists and allies involved in Scotland’s LGBTI+ community have formed an anti-austerity collective to raise awareness of the impact of the government’s policies on its members.

FIST (Fight Injustice Stand Together) was formed in response to the impact of austerity on the LGBTI+ community and on wider society, and the dismantling of the welfare state. The group is holding a public meeting on Wednesday 4th November in Glasgow to discuss building an LGBTI+ anti austerity movement throughout Scotland. The group aims to highlight their concerns through protest, demonstrations and direct action.

Chris Fear, an activist involved in FIST, told KaleidoScot that the group takes its inspiration from the revolutionary liberation groups of the 1970s and 80s, such as STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), GLF (Gay Liberation Front) and LGSM and LAPC (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and Lesbians Against Pit Closures).

Chris said he wanted the group to have an open reasoned discussion/debate about how we go about organising the LGBTI+ community to fight back against the cuts. He said that the group is “obviously aimed at the LGBTI+ community, but allies are completely welcome.”

The meeting campaigners talking about their ideas and an open floor discussion to help organise action.

“The objective of the meeting is to get people to agree a few basic principles and form a movement to oppose austerity first and for most: that could take the form of everyone marching under the FIST banner, or it could take the form of a broader movement of groups (like a coalition). It depends what people there think is the best option to take.”

Another objective of the meeting is to re-engage radical political debate into the LGBTI+ community: political debate that Christ says is sorely needed at the moment under austerity.

He added: “I’ve been involved in queer activism in the past that’s been marred by separatism and division: FIST is entirely opposed to that. We recognise and celebrate difference, but understand that fundamentally, it is solidarity between different groups that breaks down barriers and creates progress. Everyone should be united in one common goal: liberation for everyone. If you are not free, I am not free.”

The public meeting, ‘Building an LGBTI+ anti-austerity movement in Glasgow’ will be held on Wednesday 4th November at 7:15pm in Govanhill Baths. The venue is accessible and is easily reached by train from Glasgow Central (stop: Queens Park) or by bus.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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