Liberation Campaign Launched | Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin | Socialist Worker 178
The new Liberation campaign had its official launch on Monday 16 April. The campaign has been set up by LGBTQ members of the SWP and their allies in order to bring radical ideas into the current campaign around marriage equality.
While advocating a yes vote in the upcoming referendum the campaign will also highlight issues which have been largely left out of the debate such as transgender, queer and bi issues.
The launch featured speakers Ailbhe Smyth, Eilís Ní Fhlannagáin and Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin. Ailbhe spoke about the fact that while she herself would not seek to get married it was vitally important to win the referendum in order to protect families who are extremely vulnerable. But she also stressed we must not assume this will solve all our problems and need to commit to continuing struggle.
Eilís gave an extremely interesting U.S perspective on trans issues talking about the extreme prevalence of hate crimes and mental health issues in the trans community particularly with trans people of colour. She stressed the importance of trans issues to both feminist and LGBTQ struggle pointing out “We get there together or we don’t get there at all”.
Freddie spoke about how the gender recognition bill unnecessarily medicalises trans people by forcing them to obtain a doctor’s approval and discriminates against trans children until the age of 16. They proceeded to examine the history of marriage and question whether it should continue in a post capitalist world.
The talks were followed by an extremely vibrant discussion from the floor with many people raising concerns about demobilisation after the referendum. It was agreed this was one of the things the campaign was trying to prevent and ought to continue running after the referendum but to bring up such questions beforehand so they would be in peoples heads.
There was also an interesting discussion on how we ought to relate to that marriage equality campaign and if it was a stepping stone to liberation or almost a side issue. It was agreed that we would advocate a yes vote in the referendum, while also seeking to radicalize the campaign.
The Liberation campaign will publish articles on its wordpress in relation to current events, LGBTQ issues and personal accounts of LGBTQ people. Members will also go to various demos in order to show solidarity and spread ideas on radical LGBTQ politics.
If you wish to get involved with the Liberation campaign look out for them on facebook, check out their wordpress https://liberationcampaign.wordpress.com/ or Text 0872767405