Democratic Central Committee of San Joaquin County

P O Box 78061

Stockton, CA 95207


March 11th, 2015


RE: LGBT Hate Speech Used During Public Debate By DCC Members & Democrat Activist


Dear Members of the Democratic Central Committee of San Joaquin County:

Bigotry against the LGBT community is still enshrined in the law in most of the United States. Elected officials and politically active, engaged citizens may be able to shrug off the effects of hate speech, but it is nevertheless unacceptable, and contributes to an atmosphere of intolerance that at best discourages political participation, and at worst can be deadly. It is unacceptable to use slurs against the LGBT community; to deride non-cissexual orientation; to deliberately confuse the genders of LGBT people in order to mock them. If any of the above were directed towards any other group of minority they would be considered so outrageous as to demand immediate refutation.

Due to bullying and non- acceptance, our LGBT youth are our most at-risk demographic. They are in danger from others, whose hatred proceeds from hate speech to actual violence, and, sadly, from themselves, having absorbed the prejudice around them without the emotional resilience to resist. A recent survey conducted by the San Joaquin Pride Center found that 83% of LGBT youth in San Joaquin County have heard anti-LGBT slurs. These same proportions have contemplated suicide. It is not only important that as adults we choose our words carefully, but also that we not be bigots, and that when see it, we reject it.

Recently, it has become more common to see this kind of language used against others when they are perceived to be in the speaker's political opposition. We will no longer tolerate it. This is not normal expression of opposition; this is naked bigotry, not only beneath the Democratic Party, but contra its most fundamental principles.

We call on the removal from office of any elected (or appointed) public figure who has engaged in hate speech, and ask that any and all others refrain from such heated rhetoric in the future.




Imperial San Joaquin Delta Empire Court

San Joaquin Pride Center

Stockton Transgender Alliance

Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club



California Democratic Party

California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus

Stockton City Council

Tracy City Council

Lathrop City Council

Lodi City Council

Manteca City Council

Ripon City Council

Escalon City Council

Mountain House Board of Directors

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors





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