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The LGBT+ community must not be complicit in war and death

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The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot – the first mass uprising of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – is fast approaching. With it, I am also celebrating another anniversary: the birth of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). I am an original member of the British GLF and have been involved in grassroots LGBT activism ever since, but now I am also fighting an additional battle, as an active campaigner against the arms trade.

Of course, these issues are not actually separate. In the GLF, we always said: “No liberation without sexual liberation and liberation for all.” For us, this isn’t just an empty mantra. It means that no one can be free while others are oppressed, and that the fight for our rights as LGBT people can never be won in isolation.

That is why, earlier this year, I attended the AGM of the world’s third largest arms company, BAE Systems, to challenge its chair Roger Carr. I confronted the multi-millionaire to ask how BAE Systems reconciles its supposed support for LGBT people – including through sponsorship of Pride events in Blackpool, Surrey and Portsmouth – with the export of........

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