Open Meeting – Against The Coming Queerphobic Backlash

We are holding another open meeting on possible responses to the likely backlash against more LGBT+ inclusive education in schools being rolled out next September (see background below). The meeting will be at London Action Resource Centre (62 Fieldgate St, Shadwell, London E1 1ES) at 5pm on Saturday the 23rd of November.

Due to the possible scale of the problem, we want to get as many people as possible involved and ultimately build a broad coalition of groups and individuals that goes far beyond the Anarchist Federation working group that is hosting this meeting.

So far we are throwing around ideas about holding an open assembly, putting together educational material to counter far right misinformation, and creating a leaflet of testimonials about how a lack of LGBT+ inclusion in education has harmed people in the past, but none of this is set in stone.

If you want to get involved, have ideas, or are a member of a group that might want to plan ahead of time for a possible backlash next September and can’t get to the meeting, please get in contact via Facebook or our email. This will be an ongoing project outside of any meetings we might hold.

Some of us will definitely be hanging around for drinks at LARC after the meeting as well, so if you can only make it after the official meeting time people will still be around to talk more informally.

BACKGROUND:

In September 2020 the government will be rolling out compulsory lessons about LGBT+ relationships nation wide. When this scheme was trialed in Birmingham earlier this year there was a backlash against it and a rise in hate crime in the area, with the far right trying to jump on the band wagon.

For more details, see the BBC on the Birmingham backlash, the information put out by the government on the roll out, Pink News on the far right trying to get involved, and Pink News on the rise in hate crimes in the area.

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