scotts bluff county democrats
Scotts Bluff County Democrats support the civil and human rights and safe environments for all people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expression. Scotts Bluff County Democrats support the development and maintenance of safe environments in our schools for youth from all identities and backgrounds.
Scotts Bluff County Democrats support a ban on Conversion therapy on LGBTQ+ individuals. Conversion Therapy is known as a practice in which it tries to change the sexuality of the individual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. Several organizations have stated that conversion therapy and its practice is very harmful to LGBTQ+ individuals. Therefore, a ban on the use of Conversion Therapy is needed to protect the basic human and civil rights of LGBTQ+ Nebraskans.
Scotts Bluff County Democrats celebrate marriage equality. We do not believe that religious freedom equates to any right to discriminate. Democrats will fight to pass the Equality Act in Congress, to the extent that it amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. Under Title VII, we want LGBTQ+ to be considered a ‘protected class.’
We support legislation that grants equitable access to employment, housing, and accommodations, including gender-neutral bathrooms in schools and public places. In addition, Scotts Bluff County Democrats oppose any favor given in child custody cases when the basis is on a parent’s/guardian’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
Scotts Bluff County Democrats desire to improve access to informed services and address the high rates of suicide by LGBTQ+ individuals. We believe LGBTQ+ individuals should have access to safe, affordable, and affirming health care, including mental health services, preventative medicine, sexual and reproductive health care, and equity of access to available resources and support.
Scotts Bluff County Democrats respect and honor all who serve and have served in our armed forces. We support the inclusion, and appreciate the service, of transgender individuals who have served and who want to serve in the US military. We oppose any ban restricting or terminating the service of Trans service members. We believe service should be based on qualifications and ability rather than personal identity.
Scotts Bluff County Democrats acknowledge the epidemic of violence against the transgender community, particularly transgender Women of Color and transwomen who are immigrants. Scotts Bluff County Democrats stand in unequivocal opposition to transphobic violence, especially when intersected with racism. Scotts Bluff County Democrats support legislative solutions to address this including a ban on the gay/trans panic defense and the addition of gender identity to Nebraska hate crimes laws.