Phone Bank for Rick Kriseman for Mayor & Annette Taddeo for State Senate

This month the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus endorsed two candidates:

Rick Kriseman for St. Petersburg Mayor
Annette Taddeo for State Senate 40

We encourage Caucus members, allies and supporters across the state to help elect these candidates. Below are links where you can go to phone banking to help these strong Democrats.

Annette Taddeo
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/426D22M-6353

Rick Kriseman
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/11CE22P-3862

If you need a Fast Action ID for the voter file:
https://accounts.ngpvan.com/Account/RegisterPrivate

September 2017 General Membership Meeting

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

Speaker TBD

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL CENSURE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

The membership of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, meeting in Tallahassee for its Summer Conference, adopted a resolution calling on Congress to censure President Trump for his anti-lgbt actions, his erratic and destabilizing rhetoric, and his support for white supremacist groups.

“If anyone had any doubt before, events of the past week have made clear that President Trump is a danger to our community and our country,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “We urge the Florida Congressional delegation to take steps to counter the harmful actions of the Trump administration.”

The text of the resolution follows:

RESOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS REGARDING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

August 19, 2017

Whereas the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus was formed in 2005 to promote diversity, inclusion, and the celebration of Florida’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community;

Whereas, as an arm of the Florida Democratic Party, the LGBTA Democratic Caucus declares its vision is to be “a voice that seeks to instill awareness of the freedoms of a democratic society, educate future leaders, support the community at large, and maintain an ongoing rapport and increasing viability with political entities”;

Whereas President Donald J. Trump’s administration has taken actions intended to harm and minimize the contributions and participation of the LGBT community, including:

announcing a reinstatement of the ban on transgender military personnel;

filing a legal brief at a federal appeals court arguing that anti-gay discrimination is legal under federal law;

reversing guidance from the Obama administration that protected transgender children from discrimination in public schools;

appointing a Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, who opposes LGBT rights;
failing to recognize Pride Month in June 2017;

signaling that he would support the First Amendment Defense Act which would allow discrimination against LGBT people on a religious basis; and

nominating Gov, Sam Brownback of Kansas, a vocal opponent of gay rights, as ambassador at large for international religious freedom;

Whereas the president’s erratic behavior and misguided, inaccurate and misleading statements create an environment of uncertainty for American leadership on the world stage; and

Whereas the president’s vocal support for white supremacist groups, organizations and individuals in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville represents a shameful stain on the presidency and makes all Americans less safe; now, therefore be it

Resolved that the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus

1. urges Florida Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to sign onto, support and push for passage of a Congressional motion to censure the President of the United States;

2. demands that Florida Members of Congress continue to forcefully speak out in opposition to the divisive words and actions of the Trump administration as a way to shine a light on and counter the dangerous environment being fostered; and

3. demands that Florida Members of Congress introduce and support legislation requiring that transgender service members be allowed to serve openly in the military.

Passed unanimously by the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus August 19, 2017

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses Annette Taddeo

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has announced their endorsement of Annette Taddeo for State Senate, District 40. The endorsement letters can be viewed at the following link:

August Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 6:30pm. This month’s special guest is Carla Laroche, Criminal Justice Reform Law Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center.

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!

2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference, including the 3rd Annual Leadership Gala. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded Democrats from all over Florida, as well as elected leaders from federal, state, and local levels of government, including appearances by all three of Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

August 18 – 20, 2017
Hotel Duval
415 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tentative Schedule
Friday, August 18th, 2017

Welcome Reception: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (included in registration)
At the Home of Steven Hall (address to be provided)

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
8:30am
Registration
Horizon A

9:00am
Breakfast Speaker: Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum
Remarks and Q&A
Horizon A

10:00am
Membership Meeting
Horizon A

11:00am
FDP Data Team Votebuilder Training
Horizon B

Noon
Lunch Speaker: Gubernatorial Candidate Chris King
Remarks and Q&A
Shula’s Grill

1:00pm
Florida Issues and Advocates
Horizon B

  • Florida’s Voting Rights Restoration Amendment
    Barry Munroe, Program Chair, Capital Equality
    Anders Croy, Communications Director, Florida House Democratic Caucus
  • Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Announces the Billy Manes Memorial Fellowship
    Brandon Wolf, Pulse Survivor and Pride Fund Board Member
  • Status of Marijuana Legalization in Florida
    NORML Tallahassee

2:00pm
Voter Registration Taining
Presented by Leon County Young Democrats
Horizon B

4:00pm
Caucus Strategic Plan Update
Horizon B

7:00pm
Leadership Gala Dinner with Speakers FDP President Sally Boynton Brown, State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, and Gubernatorial Candidate Gwen Graham
Remarks and Q&A
Horizon Ballroom

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Farewell Brunch: 10:00am (not included in conference registration)
Centrale Parlor, 815 W. Madison Street

Conference Registration
Conference registration has closed.

Gala Tickets
Gala ticket sales have closed.

Hotel Information
Our room block at Hotel Duval has closed and the hotel is sold out. Click here for a list of alternate accommodations.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2018! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.

RELEASE: You Could Be Next — Trump’s Anti-Gay Actions

The Florida LGBTA Caucus stands with civil rights activists in decrying the Trump administration’s latest attempts to roll back rights and protections for LGBT Americans. On the heels of announcing an unforeseen ban on transgender military personnel yesterday, the Trump administration also filed an amicus brief in a case against workplace protections for the LGBT community.

“This all-out assault on LGBT Americans is just the latest attempt to take America back to a time when only straight, white males were visible. If there had been any doubt about where the Trump administration stands with regard to LGBT rights, that doubt has been eliminated in a span of less than 24 hours,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “The Trump administration intends to roll back LGBT rights, and with it the American commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“If you think your rights are safe — whoever you are, whatever demographic you belong to — take heed: you could be next.”

Despite a clarification from the Pentagon today that transgender service members can remain in their posts for now, there is still massive confusion about the implementation of the new policy and its impact on military personnel.

However, the amicus brief filed by the Justice Department in a New York case based on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is clear in its motivation: to deny LGBT workers basic protections on the job by declaring that employees are not protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“The Florida LGBTA Caucus calls on our state’s Congressional delegation to speak out against these discriminatory actions intended to harm the LGBT community, and let President Trump know we will not tolerate hate and exclusion,” Fleming said.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and Council Member Darden Rice

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has announced their endorsement of Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg and Darden Rice for St. Petersburg City Council, District 4. The endorsement letters can be viewed at the following link:

Capital Equality Democratic Caucus Condemns President Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus condemns today’s announcement via Twitter by President Trump that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

We applaud the strong, bipartisan condemnation from members of both sides of the aisle in Congress and from our Democratic gubernatorial candidates here in Florida. It is clear from statements to the media from the President’s own administration officials that this decision was made for political reasons and is not an issue of military readiness. We hope that Congress will quickly take up legislation to protect transgender service members from discrimination.

The fact is transgender people are already bravely serving in the United States Armed Forces, over 15,000 in fact. As Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA) said on the floor of the House today, “Our soldiers do not discriminate. They defend all of our nation’s people. Their government owes them that same decency in return.”

All Gubernatorial Candidates to Address Caucus Summer Conference

All three of Florida’s declared Democratic candidates for governor will address the Summer Conference of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus in Tallahassee on Saturday, August 19. The full schedule for the conference, which runs Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, will be released shortly.

“The LGBTA Democratic Caucus is one of the most active organizations in the Florida Democratic Party, providing workers and funding for candidates up and down the ballot,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “We’re excited that all of the candidates will address our members as we prepare for a crucial election season.”

The candidates — Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, and Chris King — will appear separately throughout the conference to address the group and answer questions. The conference is open to the press.

The Caucus’ Summer Conference is being held at the Hotel Duval, located at 415 North Monroe St. in Tallahassee. In addition to appearances by the gubernatorial candidates the program will feature a working business session, informational presentations on the upcoming election cycle, appearances by other candidates, social activities, and a Gala Dinner on Saturday, August 19 with a guest speaker. More info to follow.

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