No-platforming Peter Tatchell

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No-platforming has a bad rep. It’s become one of those swearwords in the media, used with little regard for its meaning or its purpose. The press would have you believe no-platforming is equivalent to a ban. On the contrary, no-platforming is a tactic originally designed to not allow fascists to organise, march or speak, as they are trying to smash democratic movements. It was not a call for a ban by the state or a public institution. Incidentally, student unions are neither and can invite or disinvite speakers at will. The Left understands that any such ban would harm social movements. If … Continue reading

The Year of the ‘Aggressive’ Homosexual

Last week the US Supreme Court has overturned the Defence Of Marriage Act (1996) which effectively blocked the recognition of same-sex marriage. As a result California has swiftly restored same-sex marriage and it is the thirteenth state to do so. Many more states could follow the Californian example and remove the obstacles to marriage equality. The UK has made the steps of introducing civil partnerships, as well as gay adoption and now the full legalisation of same-sex marriage. The Belgians, Danish and French have legalised same-sex marriage and it looks as though the Germans may well follow the lead. Even … Continue reading