National Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) declares fighting support for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Younger than other popular people’s movements, the movement for LGBTQIA+ rights did not truly appear until after the severe era of repression known as the Lavender Scare, which was an extension of the anti-communist Red Scare. Despite many progressive reforms that have been pushed by popular action, LGBTQIA+ people are under severe attack by the Trump Administration today. These attacks can be seen in not only the rhetoric of members of the Trump Administration but also the proposed and passed policy changes made by them, seen most recently in the proposed gender/sex language change in Title IX and the proposed exclusion of protections for LGBTQIA+ employees under Title VII.

New SDS has fought for the rights and dignity of LGBTQIA+ people across the country, and commits to continuing this struggle into the future. Chapters in and around North Carolina fought against the transphobic bathroom bill HB2, Tampa Bay SDS fought for two years to change the name of a building on the University of South Florida campus as it is named after a prolific and active participant of the Lavender Scare, and Kenosha SDS won their campaign for gender neutral bathrooms on campus September 2019! This fight has not been only local in scale either, as in October of 2018 SDS chapters across the country held actions demanding no transphobic changes to Title IX.

With this resolution, SDS Commits to:

Treat LGBTQIA+ people with respect, including observing people’s individual pronouns in our local and national work.

A part of this struggle should include increasing membership of LGBTQIA+ people, especially LGBTQIA+ people of color, and pushing them forward to be active leaders in our local chapters.

Stay diligent and aware of the local and national conditions of LGBTQIA+ people, and to organize against further attacks, including calls for national days of action.

Under attack by both the policies of the U.S. Government and transphobic community members, we should stand against the murder of trans women of color.

In particular, have a national day of action on October 8th against the proposed exlusion of protections for LGBTQIA+ people from Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination. We understand this is a potentially devastating attack that could lead to even harsher conditions for LGBTQIA+ people, and thus will send a national message to the Supreme Court of the United States demanding they, “Protect LGBT employees under Title VII!”

Actively organize events and campaigns, if applicable, for the rights and dignity of LGBTQIA+ people.

If possible, SDS chapters should struggle on their campuses for gender neutral bathrooms.