In the face of homophobic assaults and attacks on trans people, this isn’t a time for commercialised parades – but for rageHistory is but an unstoppable march towards freedom and enlightenment. Here is what is known as the Whiggish view of history, and if it wasn’t killed off on the battlefields of the Somme, Gallipoli and Passchendaele, it surely should have perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Nanjing. Yet, somehow, even as a subconscious urge rather than a historical theory, it persists. While it is true that rights and freedoms can be won and secured through struggle and sacrifice, they can equally be sent hurtling into reverse. And that, it must be concluded, is the current threat facing LGBTQ people.
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