The Hawkins / Jones / Green Party LGBT Agenda
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, sexual orientation, or gender identity, characteristics, and expression. We were one of the first groups to campaign for same-sex marriage. The Green Party Mayor and Deputy Mayor of New Paltz began performing same-sex marriages in 2004 soon after they were elected, leading eventually to state legalization.
The Hawkins/Jones Campaign supports these reforms in New York State:
Enact the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)
GENDA will ensure transgender and gender non-conforming people have equal protections in education, employment, Housing, Credit, and Public Accommodations (including banks, bus stations, court rooms, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, libraries).
Outlaw Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts
LGBT youth do not need to be "cured" from being who they are. But they do need to be protected from dangerous “conversion” practices, which have created serious negative health consequences, including social withdrawal, depression, and suicide.
Enact the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA)
Current New York laws unfairly and unnecessarily burden families seeking to have children through the now common practice of gestational surrogacy--where the carrier has no genetic connection to the child. The law must be changed in light of recent medical advances so that New York families can pursue a safe, regulated surrogacy arrangement in their own state that secures the parental relationships of children who are conceived and born with the assistance of egg or sperm donors or gestational carriers.
Restore State Funding for Homeless Youth Shelters
governor Cuomo's first state budget in 2011 cut state aid for homeless youth shelters, including those that serve LGBT youth, who account for about 40% of all homeless youth in New York City. These shelters should be funded at the level necessary to meet the need.
Restore Funding for the AIDS Institute
When Governor Cuomo unveiled his “progressive agenda” for 2013, his budget cut funding for the AIDs Institute in the Office of Public Health. Although the number of HIV/AIDS deaths has been reduced in New York State over the last decade, the spread of the HIV virus is still at the level of a generalized epidemic. Because it is spreading most rapidly in low-income and marginalized groups, less than 40% of New Yorkers with HIV are fully virally suppressed. The Aids Institute has served as a model for public health in the nation. HIV clinical services and care coordination providers increasingly serve a larger constituency of low-income people with chronic conditions. The AIDS Institute has helped make this transition successful both for consumers and providers. With NYS Medicaid payments increasingly handled by private Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) instead of the state directly, AIDS Institute is needed as an independent monitor of MCOs so that health care is not cut for people living with HIV and AIDS. The AIDS Institute provides critically needed prevention and harm reduction programs for people at risk for HIV/AIDS. The experience in the AIDS Institute can also be applied to the growing epidemics of Hepatitis and STDs, which are prevalent in the same populations with high rates of HIV infection.
From the Platform of the Green Party of the United States:
a. The Green Party affirms the rights of all individuals to freely choose intimate partners, regardless of their sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
b. The Green Party recognizes the equal rights of persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transsexual, queer, or transgender to housing, jobs, civil marriage, medical benefits, child custody, and in all areas of life including equal tax treatment.
c. The Green Party will be inclusive of language in local, state and federal anti-discrimination law that ensures the rights of intersex individuals and prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, characteristics, and expression as well as on sex, gender, or sexual orientation. We are opposed to intersex genital mutilation.
d. The Green Party affirms 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 affirm the right of access to medical and surgical treatment for assignment or reassignment of gender or sex, based on informed consent.
e. We will pursue legislation against all forms of hate crimes, including those directed against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex. Offenders must pay compensation to the LGBTIQ people who have suffered violence and injustice.
f. The Green Party will end all Federal military and civilian aid to national governments whose laws result in the imprisonment or otherwise bring harm to citizens and residents based on sexual orientation, or gender identity, characteristics, and expression.
g. The Green Party will enact a policy that the U.S. Government recognize all international marriages and legal equivalents, such as civil unions, in processing visitor and immigration Visas.
h. The Green Party would abolish security clearances denied on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and supports the rights of defense personnel and volunteers to serve their country openly without penalty irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
i. The Green Party would end security surveillance and covert infiltration of organizations that promote equal rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.