The Dallas Principles

Like a lot of things these days, I learned about it through email even though it happened in my own backyard.  The Dallas Principles were drafted just over a week ago by activists from around the country here in Texas as a manifesto and call to action for GLBT rights without delay.  It’s time to put up or shut up, America.  Bold, decisive, is everyone equal or not? No religious reasons for inequality in the civic arena, no reasons about waiting until people can get used to the idea, just lay it on the line – it’s time once again for America to decide if it’s going to live up to its rhetoric. Nice.  I like it. I signed on as a supporter.  It was also pretty cool to see former Massachusetts State Senator Jarrett Barrios as one of the authors of this declaration.

Here are The Dallas Principles:

1.Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now.  Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.

2.We will not leave any part of our community behind.

3.Separate is never equal.

4.Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights.

5.The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue.

6.Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged.

7.Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised.

8.Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles.

Support the Dallas Principles by signing the pledge here.

I don’t know when I first became such an advocate for GLBT rights. It was probably in divinity school, when I first came to understand the injustices faced by the GLBT community and realized the importance of being an ally.  Until all are equal, none are equal.  All injustices are intertwined.  Where I stand now, where I live now, and how I live now as a person of faith – I am called, invited, compelled to work and live in such a way that a world is created where there is no lesser person.