A Way Forward: The Vanguard for LGBT+ Liberation

A Way Forward: The Vanguard for LGBT+ Liberation

By Comrade Tamber

In today’s world, many of us are familiar with the idea that becoming comfortable with oneself can be a rather difficult experience. What’s more, when one finally reaches a plane of fullness in who they are and are able to proclaim it loudly from the peaks for all to hear, one must then contend with the thoughts and opinions of others. Most of these “others” are people who don’t know you, understand you, nor have ever bothered to understand integral portions of what it is that makes you, you. This normally wouldn’t be such a big deal for most, but for many, this comes with the potential for danger, a potential only too familiar for those whose proclamation of identity can give way to something fatal.

Many will not know to what I refer, or perhaps couldn’t imagine a scenario in which being “out” with one’s identity might become an issue so bad that they could lose their life for it. Of course, this scenario could apply to a variety of people, but I specifically speak of the trans community here.

I am a trans woman. I came out late in life, already married and the parent of two children. My experience with coming out was interesting, to say the least, but I fully acknowledge that it could have gone much, much, worse: my wife was fully supportive, my friends had nothing but encouragement to give, and with the exception of my parents, those who took exception remained silent, or quietly removed themselves from my social media circles. However, my story here is not indicative of the average. All too often, trans people lose everything; their family, friends, and their jobs.

It doesn’t stop there, either. On top of all this, a trans person who expresses themselves the way they wish becomes a greater target for harassment, and it is not uncommon that this ends in death. Trans people are murdered or commit suicide at alarmingly high rates simply because they don’t fit society’s standard for what is “feminine” or “masculine”. In a lot of places, including where I live, a trans person seeking to use the bathroom closest to their gender identity is literally taking their life into their own hands if they don’t look enough like a “woman” or “man”. Reports abound of bombs being tossed into the women’s room, or even women assigned female at birth being cuffed and removed from the restroom for not looking “woman” enough.

Some of this is an every day reality for me. I don’t look “traditionally feminine” and I don’t possess the means to changes that. I must second guess everything that I’d like to wear. I must have the means to conceal what would be a give away to my identity in certain places. I can never use the restroom in public or else use the one with which I am least comfortable. And all of this is my reality because it is not unlikely that I will be beaten, arrested, or even killed.

I’ve had to often hide my identity and use my “deadname” (the name I was given at birth) among my wife’s coworkers, or in an interview. I have had to respond and keep silent when the wrong pronouns are used on me. When you do not know who is hostile toward you, sometimes the fear overrides the desire to be oneself. And though it may not seem like that big of a deal to most, it is a kind of erasure that only lends to the high rate of depression among trans people.

We in the trans community, and the broader LGBTQIA+ community, experience these kinds of things, and more, with regularity. We all wish to see the harassment end, the suicide rate to dwindle into nothing, and never have to fear due to our identities again. But this is a long fight, and if we wish to see it permanently end, we must take the right path.

There are many organizations out there who are committed to not just trans rights, but LGBTQIA+ rights in general. Many who march, make petitions, try to mobilize the vote, educate, etc. Their work is often good work, with the kind of goals that communists themselves should, and must, commit to.  But this cannot be the only work that is done. What these specific identity groups do is treat the symptoms of the problem, hardly ever coming to recognize the problem itself. Without doing so, every step of progress these groups make is ephemeral, impermanent. Any hard-won ground can be easily taken away.

One can see that this is the case by simply considering the kinds of people that now fill the positions of power in the United States government  It will not be long before the likes of the Vice President, whose support for massively debunked and highly unethical “conversion therapy” is no secret, turns the legislative tools of a bourgeois government on all the progress made these last eight years, and longer.

We in the trans community, and the larger LGBTQIA+ community, need to come to the conclusion that the capitalist system itself is the problem, and that none of our problems will be permanently solved so long as the system remains in place. The capitalist system will maintain itself as it always has, defending itself for whom it was originally conceived: the white, Christian, propertied man. Any deviation from this norm will always have to battle to get a seat at the table, and will only be granted what does not threaten the status quo.

Therefore, we must come to know an intersectional and revolutionary science bent on upending the system in its entirety. We must make our cause the cause of women, people of color, indigenous people, our other LGBTQIA+ comrades, and of the working class. In fact, every group I just listed has one thing in common: they are overwhelmingly impoverished and/or working class.  We must make common cause with our struggles.

This is not to suggest that we should put our struggles as trans people to the side, like so many class reductionists request we do. No, this is coming to realize that our struggle is permanently intertwined with the struggle of the working class and all the other groups that suffer at the hands of colonial imperialist capitalism, and only together can we all know emancipation from our struggles.

But not just any so-called “revolutionary” approach will do. Some are better than others. Ultra lefts will always fight against organization, preferring to the spontaneity of riots and piggy backing on liberal movements. Can we afford to leave our struggle in the hands of those who refuse to organize in a meaningful way? Can we leave our struggle in the hands of ultra lefts, many of whom request we await some far off day in the future when the whole world is ready for spontaneous and simultaneous revolution? Can we leave our struggle to those whose very foundation is idealism, presenting no concrete plan forward, no material analysis with which we can work?

Absolutely not.

We must then come to recognize that we require an approach with a material and scientific basis in bringing about the significant change we require. We must grasp with both hands an ideology that possesses a track record of success, and we must come to know it thoroughly. We must align with the science that says we can have the changes we need here and now, given the right preparation and conditions, not some idealism that calls for a far off day.

LGBTQIA+ comrades: I suggest that such a revolutionary science exists, and that is the science of Marxism-Leninism. I also believe that of all the parties in the United States who claim to be committed to Marxism-Leninism, none is more correct, or more true to the science than the Party of Communists USA and its attendant organizations such as the League of Young Communists USA. No science and no organization will better work toward the conditions with which we can free ourselves from these toxic capitalist relations and oppression than they will.

If we ever wish to see an end to that which ails us, we must commit ourselves to the Party of Communists USA. If we ever seek to use the restroom of our identity and never worry that that will result in our death, or have our basic rights be recognized as permanent and inalienable, then we must unite beneath the banner of the Vanguard and fight for socialism-communism. We have to come together with a correct revolutionary science in the right organization, and this is it.

I hope to see all of you, my LGBTQIA+ comrades in good health and in safety, and I hope that you will all consider joining the Party of Communists USA or League of Young Communists USA to help us work toward a brighter future not only for us, but for everybody.

Solidarity.

Za Stalina! ¡Viva el Camarada Stalin!

Por Arturo Gámiz Garcia

En Índice, Chihuahua, 25 de enero de 1964, p 2 y 6.

Hace 84 años, el 21 de diciembre de 1879, en el ambiente de privaciones de la época del zarismo, nació IOSIF VISIARIONOVICH STALIN, hijo de un zapatero una obrera, primero estudió en el seminario de Gori y después en el Tiflis. Dicen de él sus coterráneos: “Estudiábamos las lecciones pero no se nos escapaba que tras los muros de la escuela existía otro mundo…A Iosif le dejaron de interesar las lecciones, estudiaba nada mas para obtener una calificación regular, para pasar los exámenes … comenzó a interesarse por los problemas económicos y sociales… Cada uno terminaba el Colegio con el pensamiento: “Voy a ser útil a mi Patria” pero nadie se imaginaba concretamente en que iba a consistir esa utilidad… (Stalin) salió del Seminario sin diploma pero con un concepto firme y definido sobre la vida, sabía que era necesario destruirla y rehacerla… trataba con frecuencia a los campesinos y conversaba con  ellos… “

Este trato con los pobres, la desigualdad y la miseria que veía a su alrededor y el severo sistema disciplinario del Seminario, fomentaron su rebeldía.

A la edad de 15 años inicia su vida de revolucionario profesional. En el Seminario organizó círculos de estudios, se relacionó con los grupos de obreros marxistas y a ellos consagró toda su existencia grandiosa y ejemplar. Fundó numerosos círculos obreros, dirige las huelgas y las manifestaciones, organiza la prensa clandestina, distribuye periódicos y propaganda a todas las fábricas. Stalin es el organizador y el propagandista más grande que ha tenido el movimiento obrero internacional.

Stalin convivió siempre con los obreros por ello no simplemente conocía sino que además, vivía sus problemas. Les explicaba con gran sencillez las causas de su miseria y la forma de redimirse, les indicaba certeramente como encausar su acción… Sufrió numerosos encarcelamientos y destierros de los cuales volvía siempre cuando la lucha lo necesitaba.

Stalin tuvo una participación muy destacada en la preparación y dirección de la insurrección armada que dio el poder a los bolcheviques. Cuantas veces el naciente Estado soviético tuvo la vida en peligro por las intervenciones extranjeras o por asonadas de “gusanos” Stalin le salvó la vida aniquilando a los enemigos con habilidad y rapidez sorprendente. Bajo la dirección de Stalin se construyó el primer Estado socialista, bajo su dirección se salvó la URSS de la traidora agresión fascista, bajo su dirección la URSS se convirtió en la segunda potencia mundial.

Stalin odiaba profundamente a los enemigos del pueblo, lucho sin cuartel contra todas las facciones y contra los espías y saboteadores al servicio de los imperialistas. En 1933-36 promovió una depuración en el P.C.U.S. de la cual él mismo reconoció: “desgraciadamente hubo más errores de lo que se podía suponer… no hemos de emplear más el método de depuración en masa. Pero la depuración era, no obstante, inevitable y en lo fundamental dio resultados positivos” en esa misma época ordenó la muerte de varios espías y saboteadores imperialistas de ahí que en occidente se hable los “crímenes de Stalin” y que los revisionistas de moda hablen de los “excesos” y métodos incorrectos del stalinismo, ya que unos y otros, capitalista y revisionistas, hubieran querido que se dejara de actuar impunemente a sus agentes y aliados, para destruir el socialismo y reponer el capitalismo o que, una vez descubiertos, se les tratará con toda suavidad y delicadeza. Con los enemigos del pueblo es preferible pecar por exceso de energía.

La aportación de Stalin a la doctrina del proletariado es muy importante aunque deficientemente estudiada en nuestros medios políticos.

Las calumnias no podrán desaparecer sus grandes méritos, Stalin sigue siendo uno de los mejores guías que ha tenido el proletariado y uno de los mejores ejemplos para la juventud.

Su odio a los explotadores del pueblo así como su amor a la clase obrera no puede ser fácilmente igualado, dijo, a raíz de la muerte de Lenin: “Nosotros los comunistas somos hombres de un temple especial. Estamos hechos de una traza especial… No hay nada superior al título de miembro del partido cuyo fundador y jefe es el camarada Lenin…” y sus siempre estuvieron en consonancia con ese juramento. Su abnegación por la causa de la revolución esta muy por encima de las calumnias de los revisionistas que ven en él y en sus tesis una luz brillante que ahuyenta las tinieblas que necesitan para su labor de zapa y de traición.

Za Stalina! ¡Viva el Camarada Stalin!

CC de la LYCUSA febrero, 2017

The PCUSA and the LYCUSA shall lead the fight for LGBTQ Rights

The PCUSA and the LYCUSA shall lead the fight for LGBTQ Rights

By Comrade Amy Sorel King

My struggles of being a Transwoman come from the oppression by the bourgeois religions that control most shelters in Stockton, CA. Most times I cannot even get a good job because businesses see most Transwomen as men dressing ridiculous or embarrassing. What I also experience is how Transwomen are targeted more for rape and murder, mostly by Gangs and other homeless people (those who have gotten out of jail/prison).

It is hard for me as a Transwoman in difficult living conditions.

The shelter oppression here in Stockton will not place Transwomen in the protection of the women’s shelter. Instead, we are put in the homeless men’s shelter where murder, rape and worse etc. occur; I have experienced some of these things on occasion. Most Transwomen I have met had to prostitute just to survive because jobs discriminate towards them.

We need to fight for a socialist revolution and bring true rights for not just transFolks but the entire LGBTQ.

We need to separate the church and the system that brings about the real oppression against the LGBTQ. Equality starts with true liberation of the oppressed and I mean all of the oppressed. The PCUSA shall be the Party that leads this fight.

Confusion and the Need for a Communist Program

Confusion and the Need for a Communist Program

By Comrade Justin J.

For the past 35 years, neoliberal capitalism has wreaked havoc throughout the world, and in the United States has meant the loss of good-paying jobs along with declining living conditions. Not to mention the constant state of war the world seems to be in. It’s almost been accepted that the human race is a “war-like species”, in order to justify this type of world. The working class has of course felt the burden of the situation while the ruling 1% continues to grow richer and more powerful.

As a result, the open corruption of government has been exposed time and time again, with career politicians becoming lobbyists after serving their term. Some even serving on corporate boards for companies like Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil. The flagrant anti-worker legislation that seems to fly from the halls of congress and state legislatures is carefully constructed by such corporations, and the assault on workers living standards never seems to end. And let’s make no mistake about it: they will not end under capitalism. No matter who is elected, no matter which party is in charge, this situation can only worsen until the working class assumes power. Karl Marx correctly theorized that the fundamental contradiction in the capitalist mode of production is between capital and labor. What’s good for the capitalist will always be at the expense of the worker.

With this being said, workers in the US seemingly realize something is amiss. They work, save money, go to school, pay their taxes, yet despite doing everything “right”, they still struggle to get by. And now they are asking questions. Why is this happening? Do I work hard enough? Do I just not deserve a better life than my parents? Do I deserve debt? Who’s fault is this? Perhaps the rich? Perhaps the poor? Immigrants? People receiving government assistance?

You see, without a pro-worker Communist political program, the working class remains in a state of confusion. This is where we are in 2017. Some workers continue to vote for Republicans and Democrats, in hope that something might shake up the system that is so obviously broken. Although most do not harbor such illusions and choose not to vote. It should be noted that in the 2016 presidential election, polls indicated that a sizeable number of Donald Trump voters wanted someone who would “shake up Washington” and make “change”. This was also the overwhelming sentiment during the 2008 election of Barack Obama, whose campaign was built around “Hope” and “Change”.

Unfortunately for those voters, this change will not occur. The same lobbyists and CEOs will surround the new Senators, Representatives, and the President.

So what do we do?

We fight back with a real program for the working class. Where the principles of Marxism-Leninism and democracy are placed before anything or anyone else. Where people are placed before profits, the environment is protected, the workplaces are controlled democratically by workers, and things like health care and education are considered human rights rather than privileges for the wealthy.

This program can be found in the Party of Communists USA as well as it’s youth branch, the League of Young Communists. We are a party dedicated to revolutionary change that goes beyond empty words. It’s present in everything we do, every discussion, every meeting, and the way we conduct our activities.
As a current member of the party, I encourage all of those reading to look into the PCUSA, specifically if you’re feeling this same confusion that many feel right now. Examine what you can do to bring capitalism to it’s knees for good, and to take power away from those who make your life (and the lives of millions of others) so difficult. Our membership is growing, our party is open for anyone to join, and I sincerely hope to hear from you, so that you’ll be known as our comrade.