PRESIDENT TRUMP: STRAIGHT, WHITE MEN ONLY

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming:

“There can be no more pretense: President Trump is racist. In both words and actions, he’s made clear where he stands on the issues of diversity and equality. He’s against them.

“His latest incendiary, divisive outburst is just one more example, and underscores America’s shrinking leadership on the world stage and the rising white nationalist sentiments here at home – a core part of his political base.

“Florida is among the most diverse states in the country; our residents speak hundreds of languages. We have taken in refugees from Haiti, as well as our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico. Florida, like the United States as a whole, is stronger because of our diversity.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus takes the president’s words at face value – we know where he stands, so we know where we stand. He has in the past attacked LGBT Americans, and we know we’ll be in his spotlight again. Still, we will not be distracted from our mission and our efforts to ensure equality for all Floridians.”

January 2018 General Membership Meeting

January 2018 General Membership Meeting

4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
December 13, 2017
Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
 Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, a pivotal election year!

Help us welcome 3 of the 5 candidates who have filed to run for County Commission District 5:

  
                                                          Mark Nash                     Elvis Piggott                   Mariella Smith

Please come ready with your questions to ask the candidates!  We can and must flip control of the County Commission!

Tampa Pride is coming up on March 24 and we’ll be needing folks to staff our booth and to march with us in the parade!  We will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the meeting!

Our 2018 membership drive is underway!  Join or renew now and your membership is good until December 31, 2018!  Thank you to those who have renewed or joined already!  Dues may be paid through our website or you can bring cash, check or credit card to the meeting.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event. The hotel likes to have an estimated number of who will be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you!

2018 Lobby Days

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting the 3rd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee on January 29-30, 2018! Join LGBT and supportive leaders and activists from across the state as we work to defeat a number of discriminatory bills while encouraging support for a statewide non-discrimination policy.

Monday, January 29th

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
With Susan Smith, President, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am, Check-In: 9:30am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative David Richardson
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Capitol Tour
Time: 1:00pm

Lobby Days Training
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Tuesday, January 30th

Supreme Court Tour
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Please meet in front of Supreme Court building, directly behind Florida Capitol, promptly at 9:00am.

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative Sean Shaw
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Appointments
Time: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Florida House and Senate

Debrief
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Registration for Lobby Days is now closed.

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

In lieu of a host hotel, we encourage attendees to book their favorite lodging that fits their budget, such as through Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, or Airbnb.

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

January Membership Meeting with PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 6:00pm. Our special guest is PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands. Join us at 6:00pm to order dinner on your own. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

The membership meeting will be held at Jasmine Cafe, 109 E. College Avenue, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Lobby Days

January 29-30, 2018
The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus invites you to participate with us in our upcoming Lobby Days. Event registration can be found here.  Additional information, such as agenda and hotel, will be provided soon! We look forward to seeing you!

Endorsement of Jose N Vazquez

The Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus proudly endorses Jose N Vazquez in the Special Election for State House District 58 on December 19!

LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on World AIDS Day

Today we commemorate those who have lost their lives to AIDS, a disease that knows no geographic or demographic boundaries. AIDS impacts every community around the globe in some way or another, and we remain optimistic that life-saving drugs are getting to those who need them, even in the most remote corners of the world.

The LGBT community has been in the forefront fighting for visibility, treatment, and equity in research dollars since AIDS was first reported in the 1980s. We fostered a global effort that continues today.

We have every expectation that one day we will eradicate this disease. We mustn’t stop talking about AIDS. We mustn’t turn away our focus, nor slow down our efforts to end AIDS and comfort those living with it. Our success will be tied to the strength of our vigilance. That’s our challenge.

RELEASE: LGBTA Caucus on Florida Sponsors of LGBT Elder Americans Act

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians, today commended Florida Members of Congress for cosponsoring HR 4222, The Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2017. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9) today signed on as a cosponsor, joining Florida Reps. Charlie Crist (FL-13), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). The bill, introduced by Crist, Deutch and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), has 11 other cosponsors from around the country.

HR 4222 amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide equal treatment of LGBT older individuals in access to healthcare and other essential services.

The bill is named for Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, West Palm Beach residents who have been together since 1974 and married since 2011. While Ruthie was a teacher at a Brooklyn high school in 1988, she and Connie sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits, ultimately winning their case in 1994. A documentary about their lives, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House, premiered at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and won six best documentary awards within a year. Ruthie and Connie have been visible advocates and symbols for LGBT equality.

“Florida’s LGBT seniors demand our respect and our support,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, Legislative Director of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “The Older Americans Act has been the guidebook for seniors in America for decades, and revising it to ensure LGBT seniors are treated fairly in their golden years is a necessity. We thank Rep. Soto and the Members who have signed on already, and encourage the rest of the Florida delegation to join them.”

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming on the 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance:

“On this day every year we honor the memories of our transgender brothers and sisters who have lost their lives due to hatred or prejudice. Sadly, the numbers keep climbing. So far this year, 25 transgender men and women have been murdered in the US, surpassing the 23 murdered in all of 2016.

“Violence against the LGBT community is on the rise, and violence against transgender Americans increased 43% from 2015 to 2016, according to the 2016 Hate Crimes and Statistics Report recently released by the FBI, which tracks data from more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. Clearly, transgender Americans are under attack. In the tense political environment we currently inhabit, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that all Americans — whoever they are, wherever they live, and however they choose to express themselves — are treated with respect and dignity, and able to be safe in their communities.”

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ENDORSES RUTA JOUNIARI FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 72

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats, has endorsed Ruta Jouniari in House District 72. The special election is scheduled for December 5, 2017.

“Democrats across the country, and especially here in Florida, are on a winning streak, and we intend to keep that going by electing Ruta Jouniari,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Caucus. “Ruta’s business background and experience in health care will bring needed leadership in Tallahassee for her Sarasota constituents.”

More information on Ruta Jouniari can be found on her website, www.voteforruta.com.

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