Posted by: aronmwrites | August 29, 2008

A proud Green Party member

I was going to post on Palin and Biden’s respective records on queer and gender identity initiatives. Although I will do this, I feel like my time is better spent on something more positive: sharing the Green Party’s platform section on social justice that pertains to gender identity and sexual orientation.

Here’s the section, ratified over four years ago:

5. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In keeping with the Green Key Values of diversity, social justice and feminism, we support full legal and political equality for all persons, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

a. The Green Party affirms the rights of all individuals to freely choose intimate partners, regardless of their sex, gender, or sexual orientation

b. We support the recognition of equal rights of persons gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to housing, jobs, civil marriage, medical benefits, child custody, and in all areas of life provided to all other citizens.c. We support the inclusion of language in state and federal anti-discrimination law that ensures the rights of intersex individuals and prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, characteristics, and expression. We are opposed to intersex genital mutilation.

d. We support the right of all persons to self-determination with regard to gender identity and sex. We therefore support the right of intersex and transgender individuals to be free from coercion and involuntary assignment of gender or sex. We support access to medical and surgical treatment for assignment or reassignment of gender or sex, based on informed consent.
e. We support legislation against all forms of hate crimes, including those directed
against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex.

People want to know why I’m a member of the Green Party? That’s why. The rest of their platform is why. Because unlike Obamarama, the Green Party platform is change I can believe in.
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Responses

  1. The Green Party is dope!

    But… being I guess devil’s advocate (LOL), how is the green party exactly change you believe in if the Green party still hasn’t developed a strategy to get more coverage and recognition for their very spot-on positions?

  2. Krys:

    A very, very apt (and unfortunate) observation. I agree. Unfortunately, we have a solid two party system in the U.S. That isn’t going to change any time soon, even if swing voters or independents or whatever migrated over to the green party platform.

    However, the way I choose to look at it is that the more people swing over to the green party from the two major parties, the more pressure is put on the two major parties to compensate. Eventually, one or the other will have to shift and pick up at least small portions of the green party’s platform in order to drive voters back to their parties and restore equilibrium to the system.

    There’s a poli sci theory that outlines this exactly… I can’t think of it right now. Damn.

    Anyway, that’s a large portion of why I’m a registered green. Also, I have a bit of unrealistic hope that one of them might actually get elected to a large office. Even if they don’t, however, a great deal of the change that I think is most important (and most driven by the electorate) happens at the local, regional, and state level. Greens do have a chance there and even if they’ll never get into the White House, etc., that’s good enough for me.

    Answer any questions with that rambling answer?


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