By Kevin Akin
Posted on October 26, 2012 by the State Executive Committee
Statement from the California State Chair of the Peace and Freedom Party
The Peace and Freedom Party stands by the introduction to our platform plank on sexual orientation, which states, “We work for a society without gender stereotyping or bias, where all people enjoy equal rights and respect.”
The long-time basic Peace and Freedom Party position is strong opposition to bullying, discrimination, oppression and baiting directed against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals, and strong support for the demand for total equality.
We hold as a fundamental principle the equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We do not believe that any group is inclined to be more intelligent, moral, or worthwhile, or any less so. While we organize against acts of exploitation, we reject the notion that any group is more or less likely to be sexually exploitive than any other.
We have recently been asked to clarify our position on the rights of transgendered people in public facilities. If restrooms are labeled "men" and "women," should self-identifying females who retain male sexual organs be allowed to use the ladies room?
We say, "Yes." Since public restrooms bear signs allowing attendants of the opposite sex to accompany disabled people into those facilities, how can the presence of a different sexual organ be in itself harmful? On the other hand, we can think of plenty of cases in which a person's outward physical appearance of being a member of the opposite sex could cause great danger to that individual. If deranged sports fans attack people wearing regalia of the opposing team at a ballgame, imagine what they might do to a person wearing lipstick in the men's room. We must protect the rights and safety of transgendered people by allowing them to use public facilities as they see fit.
Gender identity and sexual orientation are among the issues that are used to divide the working class. We need to unite against the real exploiter, the capitalist class, that controls our lives and throws our social relations into turmoil.
Kevin Akin is the 2012-2014 state chair of the California Peace and Freedom Party.