LGBTIQA+ Greens Committee have made the following endorsements for national executive (GPEX)

The Green Party is electing a portion of the national executive committee. This is done via members ballot and the LGBTIQA+ Greens committee organised a brief online hustings for candidates. We asked the following questions:

  1. How will you work to ensure LGBTIQA+ people are better represented in our candidates, our executive and our elected figures?
  2. What are your views on the current Green Party trans-inclusive policy that 'trans-women are women, trans-men are men and non binary identities are valid?
  3. Do you support the demedicalisation of the gender recognition process and that the principle that trans people should be able to more easily change their legal documentation to meet the gender identity?

We received no responses for the following candidates: 

  • Claudine Lestae for Equality & Diversity Coordinator
  • Rashid Nix for Equality & Diversity Coordinator
  • Dawn Furness for Local Party Support Coordinator
  • Paul Woodhead for Policy and Development Coordinator
  • Dee Searle for Publications Coordinator

From the responses we have made endorsements for the role of Internal Comms, Publications, Local Party Support and Treasurer

Internal Comms

From Peter Barnett and Hazel Pegg for Internal Comms we received the following response:

In view of the fact that members of the LGBTIQA+ Greens have already been advised to vote for RON in preference to ourselves we see little point in responding to your questions.

We're disappointed that Peter and Hazel have decided not to engage. 

In light of that response we ask you to back reopening of nominations for this post 

Vote RON for Internal Comms

Treasurer 

From Jon Nott we received the following:

1. How will you work to ensure LGBTIQA+ people are better represented in our candidates, our executive and our elected figures?

As it becomes possible to release more funds to support elections, I am keen that we earmark funds to support the selection and election of candidates from under-represented groups. We allocated funds for this purpose in the budget for the snap General Election that was anticipated earlier this year and plan to do so should a snap General Election take place this autumn.

2. What are your views on the current Green Party trans-inclusive policy that 'trans-women are women, trans-men are men and non binary identities are valid?

I support the Party's current policy.

3. Do you support the demedicalisation of the gender recognition process and that the principle that trans people should be able to more easily change their legal documentation to meet the gender identity?

Yes.

In light of that response we ask you to vote Jon Nott

Vote Jon for treasurer

Local Party Support Coordinator 

We received responses from Doug Rouxel and Martin Blake

Doug Rouxel said:

 

1. How will you work to ensure LGBTIQA+ people are better represented in our candidates, our executive and our elected figures? 

In order to support and encourage executive members and elected figures who are LGBTIQA+ we need to make our party a safe and supportive environment for people to be themselves as our candidates. Sometimes the problem is not representation itself but open representation due to the treatment of LGBTIQA+ not only by the public but also by our own party. Having seen disparaging comments about trans and non-binary people on the executive from prominent members recently, we still have work to do.

In terms of addressing the direct question, I've worked previously in my role on SOC to encourage a more diverse range of people to chair sessions at conference by working with different groups to promote application for the role through their networks. I would suggest that at it's most basic level this is something which we need to do more of. Young Greens do very well at promoting their members and their involvement, and this is something which it would be ideal to support other groups to do. Training, support, and sessions to encourage a wide variety of people to come forward to be target candidates and members of the executive are certainly things I've worked to support in the past (e.g. helping Greens of Colour behind the scenes to set up the Deyika fund) and would seeks to continue this into the future.

2. What are your views on the current Green Party trans-inclusive policy that 'trans-women are women, trans-men are men and non binary identities are valid?

I feel that it is a strong and valid statement for us to be making about our support for trans and non-binary people’s rights. Like all our policies there is always the opportunity for it to be further improved and strengthened and I would be more that happy to support any policies that could further improve our position in support of the trans and non-binary rights. 

Any improvements should be put forward by trans and non-binary people themselves, and my role is to use my privilege to support them in doing that in the most productive way and making my support for them public.

3. Do you support the demedicalisation of the gender recognition process and that the principle that trans people should be able to more easily change their legal documentation to meet the gender identity?

Yes. 

It is crucially important that we listen to trans and non-binary people’s lived experiences when deciding these processes. There has been a huge amount of discussion in the party about perceived problems with this approach. The vast majority of the issues highlighted during these discussions are actually issues that cis men like me can help solve and are responsible for. We have a significant problem with violence against woman and girls not only in the UK globally, we also know that trans and non-binary people and other LGBTIQA+ people are more likely to be victims of that violence. A bi woman is more that twice as likely to be a victim of domestic violence than her straight counterpart. This tells me two things. One is that men need to start taking responsibility for ending this cycle of violence against our comrades, and two we need to stop using trans and non-binary people as human shields instead of dismantling and challenging our own privilege given by the patriarchy. 

At the end of the day when it comes to gender recognition we should be standing shoulder to shoulder with our trans and non-binary siblings, because it’s only together that we can find a way forward where everyone is safe and happy.

Martin Blake said:

 

1. How will you work to ensure LGBTIQA+ people are better represented in our candidates, our executive and our elected figures?

I would of course seek to work in conjunction with those in the Party who have a close interest in, and knowledge of, these issues, particularly LGBTIQA+ Greens and the Equality and Diversity Committee. In terms of ensuring representation among candidates, I would work with local parties, the AGC and other interested groups to ensure that local parties are aware of, and implementing, the Party's existing policies, as currently set out in paras RR500 - 536 of Responsibilities and Rights. It would also be helpful to make our policies generally more accessible to members; it is certainly not easy to access them from the Green Room, and a search for 'LGBTIQA+ policies' yields no results.

In terms of the executive and elected figures, by which I assume you mean our leadership team, this would be outside my strict remit as Local Party Support Co-ordinator, but I would be happy to discuss any ideas you have.

2. What are your views on the current Green Party trans-inclusive policy that 'trans-women are women, trans-men are men and non binary identities are valid?

I don't recall being present at a Conference session where RR530 was debated, and on the face of it the phrase 'trans men are men, trans women are women' is not to me self-explanatory. In the context of RR535 and 536, however, I take the meaning to be that trans individuals have the right to be recognised as belonging to the gender towards which they are transitioning without e.g. having to 'conform to stereotypical gender roles before being able to transition' (RR536). This seems to me to be a reasonable policy objective.

3. Do you support the demedicalisation of the gender recognition process and that the principle that trans people should be able to more easily change their legal documentation to meet the gender identity?

I am aware that this is an issue causing some controversy within the Party. As (I hope) a free-thinking liberal-minded person, my instinct is to support individuals' right to live their life without dehumanising interference from the State. In certain contexts, however, there may be a need for safeguards to prevent the activities of anyone not genuinely trans but who may be tempted to exploit such freedoms for nefarious and/or exploitative purposes, e.g. a man demanding the right to use facilities in which women are inevitably vulnerable. I can't pretend to have a simple solution to squaring this circle, but I hope the ongoing debate can be characterised by light rather than heat.

We thank both candidates for their responses. Based on the responses we endorse Doug Rouxel for Local Party Support Coordinator

Vote Doug for Local Party Support

Publications Coordinator 

In most cases where we have not received responses we have decided to not make recommendations at all.

Unfortunately Dee Searle has published an article we see as transphobic.

Therefore we ask you to back reopening of nominations for this post

 Vote RON for Publications

 






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