2017-17 Resolution in Support of Transgender Servicemembers


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Resolution in Support of Transgender Servicemembers

WHEREAS Democratic platforms routinely condemn discrimination based on prejudice; and

WHEREAS the right of our transgender population to be protected from discrimination has been recognized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and

WHEREAS our transgender siblings have nevertheless been disproportionately subjected to prejudice, harassment, violence, economic hardship and societal exclusion; and

WHEREAS the contributions and sacrifices made by our servicemembers and their families should be honored, not insulted; and

WHEREAS President Trump announced on Twitter on July 26, 2017, the 69th anniversary of President Truman's racial integration of our armed forces, a hateful policy of excluding transgender people from service in the military;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we specifically affirm our conviction that transgender rights are human rights, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the President’s determination to exclude transgender servicemembers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we thank our existing population of transgender servicemembers and veterans for their service to country in the face of bigotry and discrimination; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we pledge our support for the transgender community in advancing policies that remove barriers of exclusion, economic hardship, and discrimination, and that we will stand with the transgender community against the various outrages hurled against them by the forces of hate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to advocate for and advance legislation to prevent exclusion of and discrimination against transgender servicemembers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) and Rick Larsen (WA-2) to advocate for and advance legislation to prevent exclusion of and discrimination against transgender servicemembers; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we request the above-mentioned U.S. Senators and Representatives to notify us within the coming month as to their actions and intended actions in implementation of this resolution.

Adopted August 9th, 2017 by the 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization

 

Submitted by: Robert Petersen, PCO