Constitution

Effective from LGBTIQA+ Greens AGM 13th November 2021

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  1. LGBTIQA+ Greens are a Liberation Group within the Green Party of England & Wales, set up according to section 5(xii) of the Green Party of England & Wales constitution and related by-laws.
  2. Our mission is to advance the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Asexual/Aromantic people. Discrimination remains in many areas of life, such as housing, education, employment and health. LGBTIQA+ Greens campaign against discrimination and for an equal and accepting society.
  3. Our aims are:
    1. To increase awareness and understanding of LGBTIQA+ issues within the Green Party of England & Wales, other progressive movements, and society as a whole.
    2. To increase awareness and understanding of Green and progressive values among LGBTIQA+ people and communities.
    3. To build a more sustainable and just society where everyone is valued, respected, and empowered regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, or intersex status.
  4. Membership of LGBTIQA+ Greens is open to all Green Party members and is not open to non-members.
  5. All members of LGBTIQA+ Greens agree to the LGBTIQA+ Greens Code of Conduct and LGBTIQA+ Greens Safe Spaces Policy. Any breach may be subject to the LGBTIQA+ Greens Complaints and Disputes Procedure.
  6. LGBTIQA+ Greens will be able to raise funds on its own behalf. These will only be spent on the management of LGBTIQA+ Greens and activities to promote the group’s aims, as outlined in section 3
  7. The LGBTIQA+ Greens will hold quarterly business meetings, one of which will also be the Annual General Meeting (AGM). 
  8. Extra-Ordinary General Meetings (EGM) can be called by a two-thirds majority of the LGBTIQA+ Greens management group or a petition of 100 LGBTIQA+ Green members.
  9. AGMs, EGMs and business meetings should be advertised at least four weeks in advance, with a closing date for motions 18 days before the meeting and for amendments 4 days before the meeting.
  10. This constitution may only be amended by a two-thirds majority vote at an AGM or an EGM. A simple majority vote can amend other organisational documents.
  11. Motions to add, amend or remove from the LGBTIQA+ Greens policy record can be taken at an AGM, EGM or business meeting. Policy motions must be consistent with the aims of LGBTIQA+ Greens, as stated in section 3, and must not breach the LGBTIQA+ Greens Code of Conduct or LGBTIQA+ Greens Safe Spaces Policy.
  12. The management group will have the power to make minor textual amendments to the constitution and any other organisational document. Defined as a need to correct errors or inconsistencies in typography, spelling, grammar, clarify meaning, or correct clauses’ numbering. 
  13. The management of the LGBTIQA+ Greens shall be undertaken by the LGBTIQA+ Greens Management Group, which shall include at least the following elected officers:
    1. Two separately elected coordinators, of which no more than one may be a cis man
    2. Secretary
    3. Treasurer
  14. Other elected officers will be indicated in the management group’s terms of reference and the terms of reference of any committee or affiliated regional groups within LGBTIQA+ Greens.
  15. All elections of LGBTIQA+ Greens officers will be conducted according to the LGBTIQA+ Greens Election Regulations.
  16. LGBTIQA+ Greens shall have the ability to assemble committees, subject to a term of reference agreed at an AGM or EGM of LGBTIQA+ Greens by a majority vote. 
  17. LGBTIQA+ Greens shall have the ability to affiliate regional LGBTIQA+ Greens groups, subject to a term of reference agreed at an AGM or EGM of LGBTIQA+ Greens by a majority vote. 
  18. Committees and affiliated regional groups will provide regular updates on their work to the management group.
  19. The management group, committees and affiliated regional groups will be expected to produce a written report at the LGBTIQA+ Greens AGM no less than 18 days before the meeting. 
  20. Committees and affiliated groups within LGBTIQA+ Greens can be disbanded or disaffiliated at an AGM or EGM of LGBTIQA+ Greens by a majority vote. 
  21. Officers who do not attend three consecutive meetings of their relevant body without submitting adequate apologies will be understood to have resigned unless the management group agrees that they are making a valid contribution to the work of LGBTIQA+ Greens.
  22. Votes of No Confidence in an officer or officers of LGBTIQA+ Greens may be put forward during the AGM and EGM. These motions will only pass with the majority of all votes cast by eligible voting members.
  23. Votes of No Confidence in an officer may also be put forward during quorate Management Group meetings. These motions will only pass with a two-thirds majority.
  24. Should one part of a job share resign or be removed from their position for whatever reason, their counterpart(s) will be able to:
    1. i) advertise to co-opt a replacement for the existing part of the job share
    2. ii) continue to carry out their role without the existing part of the job share, without replacing them
    3. iii) resign from their role
  25. The management group will have the power to co-opt a member (or 2 members as a job-share) into any vacant officer role in between AGMs, which needs to be ratified at the next business meeting.
  26. The management group may take decisions or communicate on behalf of LGBTIQA+ Greens between meetings of LGBTIQA+ Greens on matters that arise during these times.
  27. A quorum for an LGBTIQA+ Greens Management Group committee meeting will be at least half of its members.