The Democratic National Committeeâs party platform committee convened again onÂ Saturday to continue hammering out the official wording that willÂ be presented at this summerâs convention. While there have been reports of more bickering between members of the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders camps, committee members are agreeing on a number ofÂ âunity amendments.â
â Edwin Lee (@mayoredlee) July 9, 2016
Passing unanimously was an amendment to support and build upon President ObamaâsÂ Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons (the PMIIAHRLGBTP), adopting a foreign policy of âcombating efforts by any nation to infringe on LBGT rights.â Either thatâs code for bombing ISIS into oblivion, or itÂ looks like President Clinton is going to have to make some calls to her foreign donors.
â Food Forest Laura (@v3xxi) July 9, 2016
There was a bit of minor controversy, though, concerning the missing âQâ in LGBTQ. Sorry, queer folk: maybeÂ by 2020 the Democrats will have broadened their narrow view of gender identity.
The only opposition to the LGBT human rights amendment was to add the 'Q'. ???? #DemPlatform
â âĄď¸ (@DizzyMissRuby) July 9, 2016
Objection to LGBT language in platform: "This whole document is lacking the 'Q,' for 'queer.'" It will be dealt with technically.
â daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 9, 2016
Dealt with technically? Like with Wordâs Find & Replace feature or something?
Thank you to the person who proposed for tech review the addition of the "Q" (for queer) to be added to "LGBT" in all language!
â Jessica Andrepont (@andrepontj) July 9, 2016
â Elle Latham (@ElleLatham) July 9, 2016
Those probably stand forÂ IntersexÂ andÂ Asexual.
Person at #DemPlatform: the phrase âLGBTâ erases queer people!!
Honestly, if the platform says LGBTQIAP, I'll yell ?
â JĂ¨nson (@JensonStevens) July 9, 2016
It really should have two Qâs, for Queer and for Questioning. What excuse does President Obama for using LGBT as shorthand forÂ LGBTQQIAAP anyway? Is he afraid it will cut into his golf time?
Since itâs an international initiative, maybe LGBT is as far as common ground can stretch for now. Even next-doorÂ neighborÂ Canada has settled instead onÂ LGBTQ2S, with 2S representing the âtwo-spiritedâ among Canadaâs indigenousÂ peoples.
â YWCA Toronto (@YWCAToronto) February 23, 2016