2019 Winter Conference and Leadership Dinner

Moving Forward Together, the Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, is just around the corner and we want to see YOU!

Join us in Jacksonville, February 22 through 24, for an exciting program that builds on the groundwork we laid in 2018 and looks ahead to 2020! You’ll hear inspiring speakers, learn from innovative training programs, and participate in our Caucus elections. Plus, our Leadership Dinner features Florida and National Keynote Speakers to fire you up!

We’re meeting at the Lexington Hotel, and we’ve secured an amazing rate. Plus, our $35 registration fee covers our Welcome Reception on Friday, February 22; and continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the conference day on Saturday, February 23. (What a deal!) Add in our separately-ticketed Leadership Dinner and our Farewell Brunch on Sunday and you’ve got a full weekend with LGBTA activists, officials and colleagues that will get you moving.

February 22-24, 2019
Lexington Hotel
1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Tentative Schedule
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Welcome Reception – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Registration and Continental Breakfast – 8am
Speakers and Presentations – 9am
Lunch Speaker – Noon
Speakers and Candidates – 1pm
Membership Meeting: Caucus Leadership Elections – 4pm
Cocktail Reception – 6:30pm
Leadership Dinner – 7:30pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Farewell Brunch – 10am

Conference Registration
Register for the conference by clicking this link.

Leadership Dinner Tickets
Purchase your individual or table tickets to the Leadership Dinner online.

Hotel Block
We have a block of rooms available at the host hotel, the Lexington Hotel, for $119 per night. Use this link to book your hotel room. The hotel is providing free parking.

We hope to see you! We’ll update the schedule shortly, and you won’t want to miss this energizing conference!

LGBTQ Legislative Outlook

We are gearing up for Florida’s Legislative Session that includes many new faces in the House and Senate and the first Democratic member of the Florida Cabinet in many years. Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director Jon Harris Maurer will share his insights on ways to get involved in Lobby Days, as well as providing updates on legislative goals, including advancing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:30pm, in Program Room A of the Leon County Downtown Public Library, 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!

SAVE THE DATE! Winter Conference & Membership Meeting in Jacksonville

Details are coming together now but we wanted to be sure you Save the Date for our Winter Conference, which is scheduled for February 22-24, 2019 in Jacksonville.

We’ll have more information to announce shortly, including hotel information and how to register, but you won’t want to miss this exciting and informative weekend that brings together LGBT leaders from around the state. Our Winter Conference will feature appearances from elected officials, presentations on current and emerging issues, and social activities to meet Florida and national activists.

We will also host a Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 23 during the Conference to elect Caucus leadership for the next two years. Caucus members: please plan to attend this important meeting during the weekend!

And FYI — our bylaws state that you must be a member of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus at least 45 days prior to the election. While we encourage you to join your local chapter, you MUST be a registered member of the Caucus to vote in this election. Here’s a link to join or renew your membership — do it today!

Be sure to mark your calendar, and be on the lookout for more information!

Capital Equality Holiday Social

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus as we celebrate the holiday season and the end of an active election year with cold drinks and delicious bites at one of our favorite local watering holes, Waterworks, 1133 Thomasviile Road, Tallahassee! The event begins at 6:30pm. Local Democratic leaders have been invited to celebrate with us!

LGBTQ Supportive Candidate Endorsements

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 6:30pm. At this very special meeting, members will be approving our slate of endorsed candidates in Leon County and Tallahassee Democratic races! Candidates seeking endorsement by the Caucus have been invited to attend.

Responses from candidates to our endorsement questionnaire have been posted to our website. Please take a moment to review these responses before Wednesday’s membership meeting.

Click here to view candidate responses.

The membership meeting will be held 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!

Its Time To Vote!

Here are our 2018 Palm Cards with the candidates we support and our stances on the Constitutional Amendments. Select the Amendments card to ready why we take the stance shown on them!  You can sign up to Vote By Mail until October 31.  Once you have filled out your ballot, signed and dated your envelope, and sent it in, you can track it here.  Early Voting starts October 22 and goes until Nov 4 at these sites.  You can also vote at your Polling Place on Election Day, November 6!

         

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Here’s Our Full Endorsement List

THE FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS WANTS YOU TO #BRINGITHOME!

GAINESVILLE – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the Florida Democratic Party, is releasing its final list of endorsements for the 2018 general election. Our endorsed candidates are committed to supporting and fighting for equality for Florida’s LGBT residents. The Caucus has also taken positions on the Constitutional Amendments on the ballot.


“The momentum is on our side, the Blue Wave is real, and we’re ready to Bring It Home for the LGBT community and all Floridians,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “After two years of Donald Trump, eight years of Rick Scott, and 20 years of Republican rule in Tallahassee, voters want change that works for them, and not just the top one percent. Our endorsed candidates will do just that.”
Caucus members voted to support endorsed candidates and amendments during a series of membership meetings throughout the primary and general election process.


As a reminder, vote by mail ballots are already arriving, and the last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9.


Following are our endorsed candidates for statewide and federal offices, the Florida Legislature, and constitutional amendments.

Federal
US Senator Bill Nelson
CD-1: Dr. Jennifer Zimmerman 
CD-3: Yvonne Hayes Hinson
CD-4: George “Ges” Selmont
CD-5: Rep. Al Lawson
CD-6: Nancy Soderberg 
CD-7: Rep. Stephanie Murphy 
CD-8: Sanjay Patel 
CD-9: Rep. Darren Soto 
CD-10: Rep. Val Demmings
CD-11: Dana Cottrell
CD-12: Chris Hunter
CD-13: Rep. Charlie Crist 
CD-14: Rep. Kathy Castor
CD-15: Kristen Carlson
CD-16: David Shapiro 
CD-18: Lauren Baer 
CD-19: David Holden
CD-20: Rep. Alcee Hastings
CD-21: Rep. Lois Frankel
CD-22: Rep. Ted Deutch 
CD-23: Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
CD-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
CD-27: Donna Shalala

State

Governor & Cabinet
Governor: Andrew Gillum
Attorney General: Sean Shaw 
CFO: State Senator Jeremy Ring
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Nikki Fried

State Legislature
Senate District 8: Kayser Enneking
Senate District 16: Amanda Murphy
Senate District 18:  Janet Cruz
Senate District 20: Kathy Lewis
Senate District 22: Bob Doyel
Senate District 26: Catherine Price
Senate District 34: Gary Farmer House District 4: Rebecca Koelzer
House District 21: Jason Haesler
House District 28: Lee Mangold
House District 37: Tammy Garcia
House District 42: Barbara Cady
House District 47: Anna Eskamani
House District 49: Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
House District 55: Audrey Asiuto
House District 59: Adam Hattersley
House District 60: Debra Bellanti
House District 61:  Dianne “Ms Dee” Hart
House District 63: Fentrice Driskell
House District 66: Alex Heeren
House District 69: Jennifer Webb
House District 71: Tracy Pratt
House District 72: Margaret Good
House District 76: David Bogner
House District 78: Parisima Taeb
House District 89: James Bonfiglio
House District 93: Emma Collum
House District 97: Jared Moscowitz
House District 98: Michael Gottleib
House District 103: Cindy Polo
House District 105: Javier Estevez
House District 106: Sara McFadden
House District 115: Dr Jeffrey Solomon
House District 118: Robert Asencio

The Caucus SUPPORTS:
Amendment 3: Requires voter approval of casino gambling

Amendment 4: Restores voting right for felons who have served their time

Amendment 9: Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces

Amendment 13: Prohibits betting on dog races

The Caucus OPPOSES:
Amendment 1: Grants an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for homes worth $125,000 or more

Amendment 2: Makes permanent what currently is a temporary cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for vacation homes, apartments and commercial property, effectively limiting increases on tax bills. (2nd homes and commercial) property assessment increases permanent

Amendment 5: Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee instead of a simple majority

Amendment 6: Adds a Marsy’s Law (victims’ rights) to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age; prohibits judges from deferring to administrative agencies to interpret law

Amendment 7: Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution

Amendment 11: Repeals some obsolete language; repeals a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive

The Caucus took NO POSITION on:
Amendment 10: Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution

Amendment 12: Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and 6 years thereafter.

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE APRIL FREEMAN

GAINESVILLE — April Freeman, candidate for Congress in District 17, died suddenly, her family announced today. She was officially endorsed by the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. President Terry Fleming issued the following statement:

“The sudden passing of April Freeman has saddened all of us. Her energy and focus has been on making life in Southwest Florida better for all, and her commitment to equality never wavered. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues and supporters at this difficult time.”

September Membership Meeting with Dot Inman-Johnson

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 6:30pm. Our special guest is Former Mayor of Tallahassee Dot Inman-Johnson. She will be discussing the Progressive Leadership Council of North Florida, a coalition of local organizations working together to make our community stronger.

We will also be reviewing our endorsement policy and gearing up for the November election.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe 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!

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS LAUDS GILLUM-KING TICKET

GAINESVILLE — The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the Florida Democratic Party, applauds our gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s selection of Chris King as his running mate.

Caucus President Terry Fleming issued the following statement:

“Chris King is an outstanding running mate for Andrew Gillum, and shows his commitment to taking back Florida from the extremism of the Republicans and Ron DeSantis. Like all Democrats across the state, LGBTA Caucus members are ready to help Andrew Gillum bring it home in November to ensure equality, strengthen our civil rights, and return respect and common sense to Florida government.

“Chris King introduced himself to the Caucus at our 2017 Summer Conference with a powerful story about the discrimination his gay brother faced. Both Andrew Gillum and Chris King have deep personal experiences with the LGBT community, and they’ve shown their commitment to our issues throughout the campaign. We look forward to working with them to strengthen the LGBT community when they’re sworn in next January.”

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