As Chicago prepares to celebrate gay pride, it’s important to remember that no political party has a longer or better record of supporting LGBT rights than the Libertarian Party. When the Libertarian Party was formed in 1971, gay rights was one of its founding principles. In fact, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate, John Hospers was openly gay.
Back when Hillary Clinton was still insisting that “a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman“, the Libertarian Party already had 30 years of supporting gay rights. It’s no exaggeration to say that libertarians are literally decades ahead of the progressive left.
Indeed, the Libertarian Party is the most inclusive political party in the world. Why? Because equality is at the very heart of libertarianism. If libertarianism can be summed up in one sentence, it is this:
“Everyone hast the right to live their lives as they choose as long as they don’t infringe upon the equal rights of others.”
What’s more, we treat people as individuals, not just indistinct members of a group.
Patrick McKight, Chair of the New Jersey Libertarian Party, famously said:
“Libertarians don’t want freedom for certain groups based on class, race, gender, age or religion. Libertarians want freedom for ALL PEOPLE, simply because they are human beings.”
If you are new to libertarianism, all are welcome. And if you’re particularly concerned with LGBT rights, be sure to checkout Outright Libertarians which serves as a two way bridge between the Libertarian Party and those with differing sexual orientations and gender identities.