Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

LGBT+ liberation

Campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* rights.

Horseplay: Live at Calais Migrants Benefit, August 2014

Submitted by Janine on 27 October 2014 at 18:33

On 23rd June 2012, Steven Simpson, a gay autistic student, was verbally abused, stripped, and his body scrawled with offensive slogans. He was then doused in tanning oil and 20-year-old Jordan Sheard set fire to his crotch with a cigarette lighter. The flames engulfed his body, his attackers fleeing as neighbours tried desperately to extinguish the flames. Steven died the next day suffering 60% burns.

Autism and Hate crime

Submitted by Janine on 09 September 2014 at 18:58

From the TUC handbook, Autism in the Workplace

In 2013, Labour MP Ian Mearns introduced a Ten-Minute Rule Bill to require the police to maintain a register of hate crimes committed against people with learning difficulties, learning disabilities and autism. During the early months of 2014, this Bill is progressing through its Parliamentary stages.

Horseplay

Submitted by Janine on 30 August 2014 at 15:25

This poem is about the murder of 18-year-old, gay, autistic student Steven Simpson - and the appalling miscarriage of justice when his killer was prosecuted. You can read a news report giving more information here; and the resolution adopted by TUC Disabled Workers' Conference here. The poem imagines what might happen if the tables were turned on reactionary judges!

I heard the local judge was having a party at his flat
I thought that sounded tasty, I'll have a bit of that
There'll probably be some posh nosh and a bit of legal chat
I hadn't been invited, but who cares about that?

Talk and discussion: The left, oppression and liberation politics

Submitted by Janine on 20 November 2015 at 20:03
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  • at Labour and Revolution, a dayschool hosted by the socialist organisation Workers' Liberty to discuss ideas for the new left movement after Jeremy Corbyn's election
  • at the Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6XA. Near loads of Tubes - Warren Street, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Euston

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LGSM Farewell Party

Submitted by Janine on 11 November 2015 at 13:08
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After two years marking the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike and the role of lesbians and gay men in supporting it, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners is bidding a fond farewell.

Join hundreds of supporters for an evening of festivities, including some poems from Janine.

Venue: Amnesty, Shoreditch.