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Pride 2022

This Pride Month, as queer people face vicious attacks from oppressors both within and outside the state, Northeast TN DSA affirms its profound commitment to fighting for the freedom of all people to determine all aspects of their lives to the greatest extent possible.

Patriarchy and heteronormativity are constituent elements of the capitalist disorder. As working people face dire crises in food and housing, those in power spread anti-queer hatred to divide the working class and divert attention from the bankruptcy of capitalism. They blame queer people for our problems in order to set us against each other and obscure the fact that we are all exploited. They push anti-trans legislation that deprives trans people of equal access to resources and thereby relegates them to a permanent, exploitable underclass. By focusing hatred on the most vulnerable among us, the ruling class secures its domination over everyone and everything.  

This month and always, NTDSA stands with queer people the world over. To achieve queer liberation, oppressed and exploited people must organize themselves and show unflinching solidarity in the face of attempts to divide and intimidate. We oppose what is now the most expansive slate of anti-trans legislation in Tennessee history as it comes before the state legislature, and we will fight for queer people’s equality of rights, ability to make themselves materially secure, and freedom to live their lives as they desire both in private and in public. Happy Pride! See you at TriPride in August!

In Solidarity,
Northeast TN DSA

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