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Canary

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Writer: Jonathan Harvey; Liverpool Playhouse

Canary charts the experiences of being a gay man in Britain from the 1960s onwards. It takes as its title a quote from gay activist Peter Tatchell who said, "We are the canaries in the mine," the "litmus test of whether a society is democratic and respecting human rights".

It is a tremendously strong play, successfully weaving a history of struggle into the personal stories of four gay men whose lives illustrate the huge changes over the last 40 years.

Fighting back with confidence and pride

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The rise in homophobic attacks (Feature, Socialist Review, December 2009) is being met head-on by a confident and angry resistance.

Following the brutal attack on a young gay man outside a gay club in Liverpool, over 1,500 people gathered at very short notice for a defiant vigil which attracted people from the gay clubs, trade unionists and a wide range of gay and straight people.

But this was not enough, and another march was organised through Liverpool supported by a wide range of people united in their anger. There were banners from a number of unions, as well as Liverpool Trades Council.

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