The mission of the San Diego Democratic Club shall be to secure for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people the equal human rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of the United States; to foster the ideals of the Democratic Party; to contribute to the Party’s growth and influence.
To achieve this mission, the San Diego Democratic Club will work to: define and implement the platform policies of the Democratic Party at local, state and national levels to reflect the needs and desires of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community; encourage active participation in Democratic Party activities at the local, state and national levels; register voters who support the Club’s mission and encourage their participation in the electoral process; advocate for legislation consistent with the Club’s mission; evaluate candidates for public office and actively support those candidates who best promote the Club’s mission; evaluate ballot measures and advise the community of the Club’s recommendations; actively support the election of qualified lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates for public office; educate public officials, candidates for public office and the general community on political issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; build coalitions with other organizations that support the Club’s mission; include underrepresented and diverse groups within our community in order to bring about greater harmony and understanding; and increase the Club’s visibility and influence by participation in community activities and events.
The San Diego Democratic Club supports the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families in the life of San Diego, of the State of California, and of every state in the nation. We are committed to leading the fight to end discrimination on the basis real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, and gender identity or its expression.
The struggle of LGBT people for full equality is one of this generation’s most important and galvanizing civil rights movements. LGBT people continue to face discrimination in many areas of life. No federal law prevents a person from being fired or refused a job on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The U.S. military, the nation’s largest employer, discriminates against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons. Mothers and fathers still lose child custody simply because they are lesbian, gays, bisexual, or transgender. And all states continue to deny LGBT couples the right to marry. Every year, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons are denied access to housing, hotels, and other public accommodations. Many more are forced to hide their lives and lie about their loved ones just to get by.
Young LGBT people face special challenges, especially in schools, where they regularly encounter harassment and discrimination. It is imperative that these youths, who often also face tremendous hostility from family members and others in the broader community, must be able to feel safe and welcomed in their schools. Accomplishing this goal means protecting students from violence on the school grounds, guaranteeing their right to organize events and clubs as other students do, and ensuring that LGBT teachers are not themselves victimized by harassment and discrimination.
In accordance with these basic values, the members of the San Diego Democratic Club support the following principles and policies:
- We support legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, and gender identity or its expression in employment, housing, and public services.
- We oppose government contracts with or government subsidies to organizations that discriminate on the basis of real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, and gender identity or its expression.
- We support civil rights legislation that provides equal opportunity, rights, and protections for all people and support non-quota-based affirmative action programs that assist groups underrepresented in employment and education and subject to barriers of societal or institutional discrimination.
- We support marriage as a basic human right and an individual personal choice and believe that the State should legally recognize same-sex couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage.
- We believe that same-sex couples should have the right to enter into civil unions that are recognized under the law as conveying all the same benefits and responsibilities as marriage.
- We support extending to domestic partners benefits comparable to those afforded married couples.
- We support legislation to require businesses that contract with governmental entities to provide benefits to same-sex domestic partners and their dependents equal to those provided for spouses and dependents of employees.
- We support equal treatment for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people in parenting and child custody.
- We support the right to serve in the military without restrictions based on real or perceived sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
- We support a women’s right to reproductive freedom and oppose any governmental restrictions limiting access and/or funding to abortions or to family planning information.
- We support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution.
- We support equal immigration opportunities for all people without regard to real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or its expression, or HIV status.
- We support hate crime legislation that enhances the penalties for crimes based on real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity or its expression.
- We support the separation of religion and state.
- We support comparable wage scales for jobs requiring similar education, skills, and experience.
- We support requiring “living wages” (defined as the minimum necessary to live in a particular community) to be paid to workers on government contracts.
- We support workers’ rights to organize in unions to reach collective bargaining agreements with employers.
- We support school policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of real or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity or its expression.
- We support programs in public schools that provide age-appropriate education in human sexuality and programs that provide counseling to enhance the self-esteem of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.
- We support a comprehensive national health insurance program available to all persons regardless of financial status, age, disability, or pre-existing medical condition.
- We support increased funding for AIDS/HIV research, patient care and treatment, and public education.
- We support legislation to allow mentally competent terminally ill patients the right to die with dignity at the time of their choosing without coercive encouragement or discouragement from government, healthcare establishments and providers, or others.
- We support legislation that permits patients to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes when prescribed by a physician.
- We support programs that exchange clean needles and syringes without a medical prescription as a means of stopping the spread of AIDS and other diseases and encouraging rehabilitation from drug dependencies.