Honoring Our LGBTQ+ Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ASKS FLORIDIANS TO HONOR OUR LGBTQ VETERANS
Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on Veterans Day:
“As we honor those who served our country, we must pay special thanks to our LGBTQ veterans who served with distinction, and often under circumstances that could have ended their careers. We must ensure visibility and recognition for our LGBTQ veterans.
“Sadly, we do this at a time when the Trump administration is methodically trying to erase our transgender service members. Those who choose to serve in the military do so to fight for the American ideals of freedom and equality not only around the world, but also here at home. Thank you for your service, and know that the American people will always stand for equality.”
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Note to our Caucus member veterans: Let us know where you are! Please email us at veterans@lgbtqdems.org so we can find you. Thanks!
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats. The Caucus has 19 chapters across Florida, from Miami to Jacksonville to the Panhandle. More information is on our website.

Capital Equality Postcards & Pints: Conversion Therapy

Capital Equality is proud to host another Postcards & Pints event on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 6:30pm at The Bark, located at 507 All Saints Street in downtown Tallahassee. This month’s discussion will focus on the dangerous process of conversion therapy and will explore what can be done to prevent it in Tallahassee. Kathryn Lane, a Tallahassee attorney practicing criminal appeals, will share her insights.

Kathryn is a member of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, the secretary for the Tallahassee chapter of the National Organization for Women, and is a member of Equality Florida’s TransAction Advisory Council.

We’ll be writing postcards to local elected officials to encourage their support of a local ban on conversion therapy, while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and the company of fellow Democrats! This meeting is open to all Democrats.

If you’d like to learn more about conversion therapy, don’t miss next Wednesday’s meeting as well as the following upcoming community events:

  • LGBTQ+ Know Your Rights Forum hosted by FSU Pride Student Union
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
    Florida State University Oglesby Union, University Ballroom
  • Tallahassee Conversion Therapy Ban Town Hall
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
    Florida People’s Advocacy Center
    603 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Tallahassee

Watch Tuesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate with Tallahassee Dems

The fourth Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 election will be held on Tuesday, October 15, in Westerville, OH! You can join fellow Democrats for a DEBATE WATCH PARTY in Tallahassee at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 1208 Capital Circle SE, beginning at 7:30pm.

The twelve candidates appearing at the debate include:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Billionaire businessman and activist Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

This event is hosted by the Democratic Club of North Florida and the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee. There is no cost to attend.

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November 2019 General Membership Meeting

Join us for our November Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Our guest speaker will be:

Karen Perez


Bistro Italia at Westshore DoubleTree
4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
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Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

Click here to RSVP on Facebook. 

Coming out with our new name!

Today is the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a time to celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Coming out to family, friends and coworkers is how we’ve changed hearts and minds, and it’s how we’ve moved America closer and closer to full equality.
This weekend, we are taking part in the Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention and we’ve chosen this day – this moment – to officially announce the caucus’ new name: we are now the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus!
At our July Summer Conference in Tampa, the caucus membership voted to rename our organization from the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus to the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. We added the Q+ to be inclusive of non-binary members of our community and those who identify as queer, while the plus also encompasses our straight allies who are so integral to advancing our rights. LGBTQ+ also brings our organization in line with national political and advocacy organizations.
With the name change comes a new brand. We modernized our logo and added black and brown stripes to the rainbow-wrapped Florida to represent LGBTQ+ Floridians of color and the fact that we are one, diverse community standing together in the fight for equality.
If you’re attending the Florida Democratic Party State Convention, please join us in sitting with the LGBTQ+ caucus delegation at the general sessions and at our business meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. Let’s keep working together to defeat Donald Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020!
Stephen Gaskill, President
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus

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LGBTQ+ Dem Watch Parties for CNN Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2019
 
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ORGANIZES AROUND HISTORIC TOWN HALL ON LGBTQ ISSUES
DELRAY BEACH FL – At 7 p.m. tonight, CNN is hosting the first ever town hall with presidential candidates that is dedicated to LGBTQ+ equality. Chapters of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus are hosting and participating in watch parties across the state (listed below) to celebrate this moment and organize activists in advance of the 2020 election.
Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the CNN town hall:
“LGBTQ+ Democrats in Florida are organized and energized like never before. We are thrilled to hear where Democratic presidential candidates stand on LGBTQ+ equality in a first-of-its-kind national town hall. We’re inspired by the most diverse field of candidates in history, including the first openly gay presidential candidate. Our community is ready to beat Donald Trump and end his relentless attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans.”
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Watch Parties:
Dolphin Democrats (Broward County)*
Rosie’s Bar and Grill, 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus*
Bistro Italia – 4500 W Cypress St, Tampa
Capital Equality Democratic Caucus (Leon County)
The Bark – 507 All Saints Street, Tallahassee
Rainbow Democrats (Orange County)*
The Hammered Lamb at 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, 32804.
Rusty Gordon GLBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches
Penny’s at the Duke – 902 N. Dixie Hwy., Lantana
H.G. Rooster’s – 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach
Stonewall Democrats of Sarasota County
Sarasota County Democratic Party, 7358 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota
*With the Florida Democratic Party, Equality Florida, and the Human Rights Campaign.
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Capital Equality: Postcards & Pints

Capital Equality is proud to host Postcards & Pints on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6:30pm at The Bark, located at 507 All Saints Street in downtown Tallahassee. We’ll be writing postcards to statewide elected officials to encourage their support of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment funding and for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and the company of fellow Democrats!

This meeting is open to all Democrats.

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

FL LGBTQ Dems React to Supreme Court Workplace Discrimination Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2019

 

UNCERTAINTY OF SUPREME COURT CASES SHOWS WHY LGBTQ FLORIDIANS AND ALLIES MUST KEEP FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY

 

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases that will determine whether or not LGBTQ Americans are protected in the workplace. These cases are especially important for Florida, one of 26 states where there are no statewide protections for people who face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If the Florida Legislature passes the Competitive Workforce Act in the 2020 session, nearly 1 million residents who identify as LGBTQ will be protected.

 

Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the cases being heard:

 

“It’s completely unacceptable that nearly one million Floridians can lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. While we can be hopeful that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing, we can’t count on it. LGBTQ Floridians and our allies must keep up the fight for equality by advocating for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, electing equality-minded Democrats up and down the ballot, and informing voters about politicians who stand in the way of full equality.”

 

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Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention

Are you going to the Florida Democratic Party State Convention? Join us at our caucus business meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to discuss our plans for 2020, hear from Democratic elected officials, and more!
We only have a few seats left at the Caucus table for the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday night. Purchase your ticket today before we sell out at the discounted price of $170.
Be on the lookout for more details as the State Convention gets closer!
The Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention is coming up!
The Convention will be held October 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Will you be there?
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus will hold a business meeting during the Convention. Stay tuned for details on the time and location.
If you’d like to attend the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday and sit at the Caucus’ table, you can purchase a ticket for $170. We have a limited number of seats at this discounted price.
For more information about the convention, visit the Florida Democratic Party website.
We hope to see you there!
Stephen Gaskill
President

FL LGBTQ Dems Call for Immediate Impeachment Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS RENEWS ITS CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP

DELRAY BEACH FL – In May, the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus called on the U.S. House to begin impeachment proceedings to hold President Trump accountable for the findings of Independent Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Over the past week, we have learned that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine and repeatedly pressured their President to conduct a sham investigation that would benefit Trump politically. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement calling on Florida’s Congressional Delegation to support impeachment proceedings now:

“President Trump’s conduct around Ukraine is a textbook example of a corrupt abuse of power – soliciting assistance from a foreign government to win an election, all the while jeopardizing our national security in the process. For good reason, the U.S. Constitution specifically calls out treason and bribery as impeachable offenses. There is only one path forward and that is holding the President accountable with immediate impeachment proceedings. Every member of Florida’s Congressional Delegation should live up to their constitutional duties and join the call for impeachment.”

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