Adopted by the Founding Congress of the
New Communist Party (Organizing Committee)
For release on May 1, 2013
The struggle for the civil rights of queer people has, in the last ten years, become the most visible part of the progressive and democratic movement in the United States. The queer struggle has in the main focused on same-sex marriage. The reactionary ban of same-sex marriages has been broken in nine states, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington. With additional legal victories against workplace discrimination and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it has become obvious even to the most regressive elements of US society that this progressive tide will continue to seize serious ground at both a state and federal level.
However, the leadership at the helm of the struggle for queer civil rights has betrayed the queer masses. With depoliticized and toothless gay “pride” parades sponsored by anti-people corporations, the poisonous racist scapegoating that followed the passing of Proposition 8 in California, and the wholesale abandonment of transgender issues, gay and lesbian NGOs like the Human Rights Campaign have shown their hand; they are not fighting for queer people at large, but are instead motivated by bourgeois class aspirations and ideology. The queer struggle has been hijacked; it serves to complete the bourgeoisification of the upper strata of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
The 1st Congress of the NCP (OC) recognizes that the democratic and progressive struggle for the rights of queer people must be fully carried out. It strongly opposes state and individual violence against queer people, anti-queer policies in the workplace, and the continued denial of basic democratic rights on the basis of sexual orientation or gender. It demands that same-sex marriages be legalized on a national level and that state bans of same-sex marriage be overturned, that all anti-queer discrimination in the workplace be harshly penalized and corrected, that reactionary, religious organizations that disallow queer families to adopt be dissolved and replaced, that psychiatric stigmatization of transgender peoples be ended, that full and free access to sexual reassignment surgery and transitional drugs and treatments be granted to transgender peoples, and that the targeting of queer peoples by the police be ceased immediately.
The 1st Congress of the NCP (OC) recognizes that to see the total eradication of anti-queer policies and practice, socialist revolution must sweep away the foundations of class society. To that end, the 1st Congress vows to unify queer struggle with proletarian struggle, delegitimize the bourgeois traitors in the Human Rights Campaign and other LGB NGOs, and to organize the masses in the struggle against the capitalist State.