Special Resolutions of the Iowa Democratic Party

As adopted by the State Convention on June 16th, 2018

Resolution on gender identity and gender expression non-discrimination

WHEREAS the Iowa Democratic Party opposes prejudice and discrimination based on demographic characteristics including gender identity and expression as reflected in the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States;

WHEREAS discrimination and prejudice against people based on their actual or perceived gender identity or expression adversely affect psychological, physical, social, and economic well-being;

WHEREAS transgender and gender non-binary people may be denied appropriate gender transition-related medical and mental health care despite evidence that appropriately evaluated individuals benefit from gender transition treatments;

WHEREAS gender non-binary and transgender people may be denied basic human and civil rights and protections including but not limited to:

WHEREAS transgender and gender non-binary people experience a disproportionate rate of homelessness, unemployment and job discrimination, disproportionately report incomes below the poverty line and experience other financial disadvantages;

WHEREAS many gender non-binary and transgender children and youth face harassment and violence in school environments, foster care, residential treatment centers, homeless centers and juvenile justice programs;

WHEREAS Iowa Democrats are in a position to lead the nation in the pursuit of fairness, equality, and justice; to affect change on the local, state, and federal level; and to influence public policy and the enactment of human and civil rights;

AND WHEREAS Iowa Democrats have a history of leading the nation on social issues including interracial marriage, admitting both men and women equally to the University of Iowa, the right to free speech (e.g. John and Mary Beth Tinker in their protest against the Vietnam War resulting in Tinker v. Des Moines), Senator Tom Harkin fighting for the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Democratic Majority General Assembly amending the Iowa Civil Rights code to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruling that civil marriage is a right regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, and holding the first in the nation presidential caucuses;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party supports the passage of laws and policies protecting the rights, legal benefits, and privileges of people of all gender identities and expressions;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party supports full access to employment, medical and mental health care, housing, education, and restrooms regardless of gender identity and expression;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party encourages legal and social recognition of transgender and gender non-binary individuals consistent with their gender identity and expression, including access to identity documents consistent with their gender identity and expression which do not involuntarily disclose their status as gender non-binary or transgender;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party calls upon public and private insurers to cover gender transition treatments for appropriately evaluated individuals;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party supports amending the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States to ensure the full inclusion and non-discrimination of gender nonbinary and transgender people so that they are not forced to choose between a binary gender of man or woman to run for Party offices such as State Central Committee or Democratic National Committeeperson; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Iowa Democratic Party supports cooperation with other organizations and political parties in an effort to accomplish these ends.

*Inspired by and based on the Resolution adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives in August 2008 (http://www.apa.org/about/policy/chapter-12b.aspx#transgender)*


We members of the Iowa Democratic Party in Convention on Saturday, June 16, 2018 do with resolve condemn the Trump administrations rollbacks and proposed rollbacks of the attached 68 environmental protections that will decimate our environment and add to climate change and warming.

33 rules have been overturned

24 rollbacks are in progress

10 rollbacks are
in limbo


Whereas the Trump Administration has supported and justified a policy of turning away asylum seekers and deliberately separating children from their parents.

Therefore, we as Iowa Democrats condemn these actions and call on all Iowa Democratic candidates to be against these actions and prioritize it in their campaign issues and agenda.