Denton Protocol

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Denton Protocol
Created 27 July 2014
Authors Gaius Soergel Publicola and Charlotte Lindström
Purpose Diplomatic Protocol

The Denton Protocol is a diplomatic protocol developed by Gaius Soergel Publicola in relation to discrimination faced by LGBTQIA diplomats, officials, heads of government and heads of state within micronational spheres. The protocol is named after the Zealandian canton of Denton.


The Protocol


WHEREAS the signatories consider it a priority to provide for decent respect for micronational diplomats, national leaders, and government officials who fall within trans* and LGBTQ+ identities and communities,
WHEREAS the signatories consider the respect to trans* and LGBTQ+ officials a matter of state and national importance for the signatories,
WHEREAS the signatories themselves are members of LGBTQ+ and allied communities and identify as LGBTQ+,
WHEREAS trans+ identities are defined as transgender, transexual, female-to-male, male-to-female, gender non-binary identities, gender questioning, and gender identities and expressions falling outside of the “traditional” and heterosexist paradigm of gender and sexuality,
THEREFORE the signatories ascribe to this protocol to protect the necessary diplomatic respect between diplomats and official representatives and chargés d’affaires of governments who identify as trans* or LGBTQ+.

Article 1

Signatories shall respect the preferred names and styles of address of government officials of all recognised states, insofar as the limits expressed in Article 3.

Article 2

Signatories shall respect the gender identity, gender expression, and preferred pronouns of LGBTQ+ people whose identities and pronouns are recognised in LGBTQ+ Studies and discourses on gender and sexuality.

Article 3

In the case any party should not respect the preferred names, gender pronouns, and other communicated elements of LGBTQ+ identities and peoples, a signatory to this protocol may refuse to recognise the preferred name, style of address, or pronoun of the violating official in a way synonymous with the violation of respect dealt by the other party as envisioned by this protocol. In other words, should any no-signatory to this protocol refuse to respect the gender identity of another official whose government is a signatory to this protocol, the signatory government may refuse to use and communicate preferred names, styles of address, and titles of the violating official.

Article 4

The signatories envision a process of notifying other signatories of violations of this protocol by non-signatories and signatories alike, so that all signatories may operate as a bloc in the international community as proponents and defenders of LGBTQ+ peoples.

Article 5

This protocol envisions a diplomatic and international community where gender identity is respected and treated carefully in the same way that styles of address, titles, and pseudonyms are treated in the broader intermicronational world.

Article 6

This protocol shall henceforth be named the Denton Protocol, after the canton in Zealandia. This protocol shall come into effect in each signatory state immediately following the signing of each respective government.


Flag Name of State Date of signature Head of State
Commonwealth of Zealandia 28 July 2014 until 18 July 2016 Astrid of Zealandia
State of Sandus 28 July 2014 until 18 July 2016 Will Sörgel
MOCC Tulsa Convocationry 29 July 2014 Archdruid Harris
Republic of Vlastia 3 August 2014 Victor Carter

See also