After ‘greenwashing‘ by oil corporations and other polluters; and ‘artwashing‘, also by oil corporations, and by corporations running privatized concentration camps for refugees … after ‘sciencewashing’ by Shell … now ‘gaywashing’ … again, by oil corporations … and by Big Banking.
By Luke James in Britain:
Pride snubs unions in favour of banks
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Some organisers ‘airbrushing true history of LGBT liberation’
It was supported to lead a huge block of union members to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.
Original members of LGSM are still set to lead the parade.
But the Pride board has U-turned on an agreement last week that they would be joined by union members, the Star has learned.
Board members told the TUC, which sponsors Pride, that trade unionists must march in block C of the parade — more than a mile behind the LGSM members.
The decision has reignited a long running row over Pride, with activists arguing that it has been hijacked by corporate sponsors once hostile to the LGBT community.
In 2012, Barclays bank attacked and blackmailed LGBTQ organisation Stonewall for criticizing homophobic Cardinal Keith O’Brien. Homophobe Cardinal Keith O’Brien in 2015 had to resign in disgrace after his sexual abuse had become known. So far, Barclays.
A source close to the dispute told the Star: “The TUC is raising an issue with the Pride board about the parade order.
“For many years there are some people involved in Pride who wanted to airbrush out the true history of how LGBT liberation was won.
“The trade union movement and socialists forced the issue on to the agenda. We want a proper remembrance of our history.”
LGBT union activists who represent the TUC on Pride’s community advisory board raised the issue at a meeting last week without success.
LGSM secretary Mike Jackson was expected to protest at the decision at a public meeting to discuss Pride held last night at City Hall.
THE Pride board’s decision to renege on its previous commitment to positioning the trade union block immediately behind Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) contingent at the head of Pride March 2015 is disgraceful. It smacks of a group of people short on memory and lacking in principle: here.