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by Theodor Herzl
by Jeff Koslik
We firmly believe, that unless gay people take their affairs in their own hands, no long-term and sustainable guarantee for our rights can be achieved. We have decided to pursue the idea of an independent gay nation and make it a part of the global GLBT movement. Not everyone would emigrate to this state, but the mere existence of a gay state will strenghthen the position of our people in the world. For those, who are in danger, this state will offer refuge and protection. The gay nation shall be based upon equality for all of its future citizens and shall secure the self-determination of the gay people. Our approach to the gay homeland aims to achieve the following important goals:
- offering a refuge for any GLBT person through free immigration right, independently from wealth, origin, health status and religious beliefe;
- enforcing full civil rights for GLBT people and the means for protection of gay people against hostile activities and persecution;
- self-administration for the GLBT people in this area, including nurturing of gay culture and customs, wealth, education and self-consciousness as a people.
The final goal is the establishment of a state for our people, but any progressive solutions such as colonies/settlements with partial self-administration should be considered as helpful and be included into the concept.
We will not begin by making territorial claims on lands owned by another sovereign nation. We will also not declare any futile wars, or urge the violent overthrow of any existing nation. Instead, we offer a realistic method for forming a wide base of committed, interested and dedicated followers from across the spectrum of the GLBT community who wish to see a true, free and democratic state to call their own come into existence through legally sustainable, peaceful means. The power shall lay in the hands of the inhabitants fully of its own volition; any premature, non-substantial declaratiuons of “independence” or ill-fated attempts to secede from an existing country through violent means shall be regarded as nonconstructive and noxious for our cause.
Our vision and plans for attaining this goal are at present easily separated into two phases:
Funds to acquire community lands for our homeland will have to be raised through membership, donations and whatever other means are at our disposal or may be developed to aid our cause. Once suitable prospective candidates for our homeland have been identified, we shall agree upon purchase of lands and issue recommendations for our people to move there.
Universal right to establish a permanent residency for any gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, or transgendered individuals from any other country must be codified. Procedures to aquire full citizenship must also be codified.
The details of increasing
self-administration and judicial framework must be worked out and
functioning administrative bodies be established. Social security, public
health, education and constitutional state are just view key points to be
mentioned on this place. We want to create a modern civil society and are
confident that our people are gifted and willing to achieve this goal.
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