OCEAN STATE GREEN PARTY OPPOSES TRANSPHOBIA, AFFIRMS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST POSITION

OCEAN STATE GREEN PARTY OPPOSES TRANSPHOBIA, AFFIRMS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST POSITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: KENNETH O’CONNOR
OceanStateGP@mail.com

In the past several months, transphobia has regrettably reared its head in Green politics, most prominently as a set of positions and statements in the Georgia state party. The Ocean State Green Party has decided as a group to register our absolute disagreement with these developments, affirming that we believe in a trans-inclusive intersectional feminism.

“I have been keeping abreast of the developments in Georgia for the past several months as a delegate of the national Young Ecosocialist Caucus, our national party’s youth wing,” said Andrew Stewart (they/them), OSGP Treasurer. “I have spent enough time in emergency rooms and sleeping on couches belonging to friends because of cis-/hetero-sexism. I have been chased out of parochial schools and punched in the face more than a few times while being called ‘faggot.’ This situation is nothing but the nastiest form of bigotry.”

As we seek to build a new, strong, and independent political party in Rhode Island, Ocean State Greens assure all those interested in our organization that we will not allow discriminatory policies and behaviors in our spaces. We have no interest in Georgia’s inhospitality and chauvinism tainting our efforts in any fashion. We value the different identities and experiences people bring into our spaces and would never desire to exclude anyone because of these beautiful contributions they make to the rainbow of our society. The Green Party can only succeed by becoming a mass-membership party of the working class that welcomes members from all identities and unites them around a program seeking to liberate us all from various forms of oppression and alienation, including cis-/hetero-sexism and misogyny.