“Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized LGBT people— like every other American—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done. LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, a restaurant can refuse to serve a transgender person, and a same-sex couple is at risk of being evicted from their home. That is unacceptable and must change. Democrats will fight for comprehensive federal non- discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans and push back against state efforts to discriminate against LGBT individuals. We will combat LGBT youth homelessness and improve school climates, and we will protect transgender individuals from violence. We will promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world.”
— The LGBT section in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) draft of the 2016 Democratic political platform. Reporters have noted that the entire 35-page platform uses the word “transgender” twice and the term “LGBT” 11 times (the 2012 platform mentioned LGBT people twice).
The Advocate also notes that the while the draft will be revised before the upcoming Democratic National Convention, it currently makes no mention of securing workplace protections for LGBT people; one of 10 promises that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made to LGBT Americans in her October 2015 Human Rights Campaign speech.
While the draft does not use the words “gay”, “lesbian” or “bisexual”, the draft’s preamble states, “We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities.”
The platform also calls for a $15 minimum wage, letting workers unionize, overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, abolishing the death penalty, free community college, rebuilding American roads and bridges, supporting net neutrality, allowing weed states to operate without government interference, overturning the Hyde Amendment and more. You can read a good summation of all the platform’s positions here.
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