Leader of Brooklyn Democrats: Allow non-binary members to serve in committee posts

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August 08, 2020 - 3:46 pm
Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The Brooklyn Democrats' chairwoman says the party rules should be changed so members who identify as non-binary are allowed to serve in leadership positions on the Kings County Democratic Committee.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte said it’s unfair that the posts are currently split 50-50 between men and women, and she’s appointed a 14-member task force to look into the issue, according to the New York Post.

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Current rules require men and women to be equally represented in party committee posts.

“As a new county chair my first priority is to expand voting rights and the ability for all to participate in our democracy and run for office, and that very much includes individuals in Brooklyn regardless of identification as binary – male or female, nonbinary, gender fluid, genderqueer, or transgender,” Bichotte said.

Bichotte said another issue is that not enough men are running for the positions, meaning some remain vacant since women aren’t allowed to fill them. She said the party should consider doing away with the 50-50 requirement since more women are running than men for the positions.

“There’s a surge of woman and LGBT candidates winning elections,” Bichotte said.