Core Values and Guiding Principles
We are a community-based political action club promoting an exchange
of ideas with the purpose of effecting political change. We honor
the intelligence and diversity of our communities and we understand
that through activism and community organizing, we build a powerful
movement that makes a difference in the political landscape and
in our lives.
We believe that many of the problems in LGBTST People of Color communities
are the result of the inequitable distribution of resources, power,
and access, perpetuated by misguided government policies, apathy
and indifference. We are especially impacted by inequities in health
care, education, and housing. At the same time our civil liberties
continue to be eroded by inadequate responses to immigration and
terrorism which have resulted in increased policing, surveillance,
We believe in a society that values the dignity of all people. Inherent
in this value is the desire to live in a society without racism,
homophobia, or any other bias or prejudice that results in any one
individual being “less than” any other. Even as we value
the individual, we also recognize the importance of community and
strive for the collective improvement of the lives of all LGBTST
People of Color.
The list of principles that follows is intended to be a living document,
a reflection of important issues as identified by the club’s
membership. We expect the list to evolve and change over time, though
the club’s commitment to its mission remains constant. The
principles are loosely grouped thematically.
We believe that all discrimination and unequal treatment on the
basis of gender, including gender identity and expression, should
We believe in sexual autonomy and self-determination and we call
for the abolition of sodomy laws and laws that criminalize consensual
adult sexual activity.
We believe that all couples and families – whether LGBTST
or not – should have the same rights and benefits that accrue
to married couples and families, including the right to marry,
and its economic and immigration benefits.
We believe in a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices.
We believe in a safe and violence-free society, including our
believe in a system of universal health care (including reproductive
health care, access to condoms, and HIV education) that guarantees
equal access regardless of economic or immigration status, including
We believe that all people should be provided the opportunity
of a quality public education, regardless of where they live.
We believe government must find resources to address issues disproportionately
affecting people of color and to remedy inequities.
We believe government should make a greater investment in affordable
housing and that homelessness should be eliminated.
believe that all people should have access to jobs at a living
wage and to job training, if needed, so that unemployment and
underemployment are eliminated.
We believe in a progressive tax system in which wealthy individuals
and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
believe in the abolition of the death penalty
We believe in fair and just policing practices, and we call for
elimination of racial profiling, police brutality, unnecessary
government surveillance, and negative police presence in communities
We believe that this country should reduce its over-reliance on
We believe in a world at peace and a US foreign policy informed
by an enlightened sense of a global commonwealth.