Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus today remembers all those in Florida and across the country who were murdered simply because they lived openly and honestly as transgender individuals.

With the recent rise is transphobia, we are committed to helping ensure the safety and equality of all Floridians, regardless of gender identity and expression.

We urge all our members, friends and supporters to reach out to their transgender family and friends to let them know that you are thinking of them and love them.

Leon County Wins Big Despite National Election Disaster

On this day after election day, we still have life in our bodies, and we still have hope. Congratulations to the following Caucus-endorsed candidates who won their races last night:

  • Al Lawson for Representative in Congress, District 5
  • Bill Montford for State Senator, District 3 *
  • Loranne Ausley for State Representative, District 9 *
  • Akin Akinyemi for Leon County Property Appraiser *ǂ
  • Mary Ann Lindley for Leon County Commissioner At Large, Group 1 *
  • Tabitha Frazier for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 3 *

* Denotes candidate dually-endorsed by Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
ǂ Denotes active member of Capital Equality

Our wins didn’t stop there! Congratulations to these Democrats who also won their races last night:

  • Jack Campbell for State Attorney, Circuit 2
  • Ramon Alexander for State Representative, District 8
  • Gwen Marshall for Leon County Clerk of Court
  • Walt McNeil for Leon County Sheriff
  • Doris Maloy for Leon County Tax Collector
  • Mark S. Earley for Leon County Supervisor of Elections
  • Jimbo Jackson for Leon County Commissioner, District 2
  • Lorin Pratt for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 1

We also defeated an anti-solar amendment and brought medical marijuana to those who desperately need it.

These wins represent local offices that have direct impacts on our lives and contribute directly to the quality of life we enjoy in Tallahassee and Leon County.

As we prepare to watch Secretary Hillary Clinton take the stage to concede the presidential race to Donald Trump and his anti-LGBT administration, we must clear away the fear and anger in our hearts and work towards doubling-down on our efforts in the fight for equality. Equality is not an optional quality in these United States of America.

Join us in the fight, commit to the cause, and be prepared to unite as we march ahead. Go Democrats!

LGBT Early Voting Happy Hour

LGBT Early Voting Happy Hour!

Please join the Caucus, the Florida Democratic Party and the Florida for Hillary campaign this Saturday afternoon for an LGBT Early Vote Happy Hour!

Let’s help Hillary win Hillsborough County, the State of Florida and the White House!

Date:  Saturday, October 29

Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We will meet at Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City and head down to the County Center in Downtown Tampa to vote early.  We will then head back to Mary’s to eat, drink and be….Mary!  Please, bring your friends, family, neighbors – everyone!  Click the image below for full size

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Capital Equality Announces General Election Candidate Endorsements

On October 12, 2016, members of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus voted to endorse the following candidates appearing on the General Election ballot on November 8th:

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton and Timothy Michael Kaine for President and Vice President
  • Patrick Murphy for United States Senator
  • Walter Dartland for Representative in Congress, District 2
  • Al Lawson for Representative in Congress, District 5
  • Bill Montford for State Senator, District 3 *
  • Loranne Ausley for State Representative, District 9 *
  • Akin Akinyemi for Leon County Property Appraiser *ǂ
  • Jackie Pons for Leon County Superintendent of Schools *
  • Mary Ann Lindley for Leon County Commissioner At Large, Group 1 *
  • Tabitha Frazier for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 3 *

* Denotes candidate dually-endorsed by Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
ǂ Denotes active member of Capital Equality

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Floridians must continue to live in fear as Florida has failed to provide adequate protections under the law,” stated Capital Equality President Andy Janecek. “We must continue to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot to ensure that all Floridians have an opportunity live their lives free of discrimination.”

The mission of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is to foster good will between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) members of the Democratic Party and the community at large. The organization seeks individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens. For more information about the organization, visit www.capitalequality.org.

October Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held onWednesday, October 12, 2016, at 6:30pm. This is one of our most important meetings of the year as we will be discussing (and approving) our endorsements for the November general election!

The membership meeting will be held outdoors at Krewe de Gras, 1304 North Monroe Street, 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!

General Election Candidate Endorsements

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is a chartered chapter of the Florida Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) Democratic Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party. We are united in a common purpose to strengthen and further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, which recognizes and promotes diversity, good will, and respect for all members of the community.

The Caucus may endorse and support Democratic candidates, in accordance with our bylaws, who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the organization and who support equality for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The endorsement process for the 2016 general election has begun. Candidates desiring to be considered for endorsement by the Caucus must complete the candidate questionnaire linked below by no later than Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

https://goo.gl/forms/1OZCnnDpJnTbIfU12

Should you have any questions, please contact Caucus President Andy Janecek at andy@capitalequality.org.

Campaign Offices

Pinellas County Coordinated Campaign Offices

The Hillary Clinton for President campaign has opened three coordinated campaign offices in Pinellas County.  They are:

  • 1638      Martin Luther King Jr. St N (St. Petersburg)
  • 1812      Drew St (Clearwater)
  • 125      1st Ave NW (Largo)

Please stop by and say “Hello”.

September Membership Meeting with Loranne Ausley

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 6:30pm. Our guest speaker is Loranne Ausley, Democratic candidate for Florida House, District 9. Come join the fun and learn more about this important office.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 1940 North Monroe Street, 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

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Special Membership Meeting Notice: September 29, 2016

Caucus President Terry Fleming has called a Special Membership Meeting to be held via telephone conference call on Thursday, September 29, 2016, beginning at 8:00pm. The purpose of the call is to consider Caucus endorsements. All members are encouraged to participate.

To connect, dial 218-936-0324 and enter conference code 37825489.

Why LGBT Floridians MUST Elect Hillary Clinton!

Hillary Clinton today gave a speech highlighting how Donald Trump’s is built upon hatred and bullying. Here is an excerpt.

Donald Trump’s campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. He’s questioned the citizenship of the first African American president, he has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, he’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and he’s promised a mass “deportation force.” He has helped an ugly, radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties and get within reach of the most powerful office in the world. Throughout this campaign, he’s shown us exactly who he is and what he stands for. We believe him.

Here’s a video of his new campaign “leadership”.

TRUMP ON LGBT AMERICANS:

  • Donald Trump opposes marriage equality.
  • Trump has suggested as president he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks had a history of anti-LGBT positions.
  • Trump supported “religious freedom” laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans.
  • Trump would rescind the directives protecting transgender people from discrimination, arguing they were just a “tiny, tiny portion” of the population.
  • Trump supports North Carolina’s hateful HB2 law barring people from using restrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
  • Trump’s religious advisory board contains a number of anti-LGBT activists.
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