Beginning An Occasional Series On Hometown Activism
Beginning with this post, I’m starting an occasional series on local activism in my hometown of San Diego, as well as in my home state of California. Although some of the focus will be on federal legislation, the spotlight will be on what and how local people and local organizations are doing regarding progressive issues — especially with regards to LGBT issues.
With that in mind, Cecelia Chung (deputy director of the Transgender Law Center) sent me an email about a resolution that the California Democratic Party adopted November 18th entitled Full Equality For Transgender Americans:
WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party has long stood by the principle of justice and equality for all people, regardless of gender, gender expression or sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS, Congressional leaders have expressed their intent to remove non-discrimination provisions covering transgender persons from the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and the new version will mean that “you can’t be fired for being lesbian, gay or bisexual but you can be fired if your boss thinks you fit a stereotype of one;” and
WHEREAS, transgender people are among the most marginalized and vulnerable groups within the LGBT community, with a 2006 survey of transgender people conducted by the Transgender Law Center finding that 57 percent reported being discriminated against in employment and 60 percent earned less than $15,300 a year;
[The actual California Democratic Party resolution paragraphs after the break]
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party reaffirms its support for full legal equality, including anti-discrimination protection at all levels for transgender people and other members of the LGBT community who express their gender in non-normative ways;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls upon all clubs, County Central Committees, elected officials and activists as well as our friends and allies in labor and the broad progressive community to make public their support for full equality and justice.
Submitted by: the Santa Barbara County Central Committee;
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chair, Santa Barbara CCC
* * *
Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At Its Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Hotel, Anaheim
November 18, 2007
I know I don’t know how Santa Barbara County’s Central Democratic Committee became the lead group for this resolution, but I know I’m angling to find out. 🙂 Certainly though, even without knowing the full process behind how this resolution was adopted, it speaks pretty loudly as to local activism having an impact on California’s Democratic Party politics.
My next post in the occasional Hometown Activism Series is scheduled to be an interview with Caroline Dessert, the Public Policy Director at the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Community Center.