Out Boulder County Board Statement on Current Issues
Out Boulder County’s mission is to educate, advocate, and to provide services, programs and support to Boulder County’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities. We respect that there is a wide variety of opinion within the LGBTQ community and we will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression or identity, age, national origin (ancestry), immigration status, disability, health status, marital status, sexual orientation or military status.
We respect the laws of the State of Colorado and the United States. We have respect for the Executive, Legislative and Judicial offices of the United States, and the decision makers within those branches at all levels of government, Federal, State and/or local, and the various law enforcement agencies at all levels.
In keeping with our mission, Out Boulder County works to stay informed of executive, legislative, and judicial actions which impact the LGBTQ community. When Federal or State policy or legislative actions threaten the LGBTQ community, Out Boulder County will take a public position in an effort to educate and engage our community members and allies, as well as provide support and solidarity for community members subject to additional threats or discrimination as a result of intersecting social identities.
Specifically, Out Boulder County opposes and will speak out against:
- So-called “religious freedom” or “religious exception” laws which write anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law. LGBTQ citizens have the rights of public accommodation that are offered to all citizens of the United States.
- Laws that oppose the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to include actions that impede access for transgender individuals when it comes to employment, fair housing, public accommodations.
- Attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, including attempts to impact reproductive rights, or attempts to remove state anti-discrimination provisions which protect transgender individuals and people with HIV.
- Laws that undermine or curtail the rights of LGBTQ students.
- Attempts to undermine employment protections or fair housing policies that address LGBTQ rights and gender identity.
- “Conversion therapy” and other attempts to “cure homosexuality”. LGBTQ people are part of the natural spectrum of sexual and gender orientations. So-called “therapies” that attempt to realign an individual’s natural sexual or gender orientation are harmful and have been deemed unethical by the majority of medical and psychological experts.
- Physical violence, intimidation or property damage aimed at community members.
Engaging and enriching Boulder County’s LGBTQ community involves collaborating with and supporting the community at large, including other marginalized communities. Keeping in mind our mission to support members of our community from all backgrounds, Out Boulder County’s Board of Directors endorses the following statements:
- Out Boulder County believes that a community is made stronger by embracing the diversity of each community member. We stand for inclusivity and equality.
- The United States Constitution expressly establishes freedom of religious belief as a core American value. A ban on travelers from Muslim-majority and Middle Eastern nations is the first step in an agenda that criminalizes faith, nationality and people of color, and flies in the face of the American values we hold dear. Out Boulder County supports and values our Muslim community members and allies.
- Out Boulder County recognizes the long-standing impacts of colonialism on communities of color, including people of African descent, indigenous communities and non-Christian faith and non-faith based communities. Out Boulder County supports the diversity of our entire community and we stand in solidarity with all marginalized and oppressed people.
- Any policy which suspends refugee admission to the United States, reduces the number of refugees permitted admission to the United States, and/or prohibits the admission of refugees from specific countries serves only to contribute to human suffering. Out Boulder County supports our community members locally and internationally who have fled or are seeking refuge from discrimination, hate, and violence.
- Out Boulder County opposes the construction of a border wall as a misuse of taxpayer dollars and as a policy based on racism aimed at the Latino community. Immigrants have played an important role in our shared heritage. We support the Latino community and a sustainable path to citizenship for non-citizens.
- Out Boulder County opposes the violation of immigrants’ constitutional rights and the misuse of taxpayer dollars for wide scale deportations. Immigrants have played an important role in our shared heritage and we support a sustainable path to citizenship for non-citizens. We support the State of Colorado, City of Boulder, and other communities in their efforts as a sanctuary state and sanctuary cities.
- Out Boulder County supports every person’s right to a clean and safe environment. As a basic matter of human survival and sustainability, clean and safe water is a cornerstone of protecting human rights. Out Boulder County supports indigenous people, communities of color, and low income communities who are disparately impacted by water scarcity, aging infrastructure, and environmental threats to clean water.
Out Boulder County statements will not attack the President or other government officials personally. Out Boulder County has the right to speak out against actions and policies judged to be discriminatory. When sharing news stories on social media about current news or political situations, Out Boulder County will seek out stories that meet commonly accepted journalistic ethics and standards that have been verified by more than one source, emphasizing statements of fact about actions and highlighting the impact of news on the LGBTQ community. If appropriate, Out Boulder County can encourage community members to contact their political representatives regarding legislation or other legal matters. Out Boulder County will remain within the advocacy guidelines as set out by the IRS.