FDP Statement on Trump’s Attack on Transgender Students

Today, following Donald Trump’s rollback of the Obama administration’s protections of transgender students, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Terry Fleming issued the following statement:

“Democrats believe that everyone should be treated fairly with the respect and dignity they deserve — especially our students. Every child deserves to be able go to school without fear of being bullied and harrassed. The Florida Democratic Party will always stand up for transgender students and Donald Trump’s attempts to turn the clock back on civil rights will be defeated.”

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Denounces Trump Title IX Decision

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus condemns the disgraceful decision by the current Administration to exclude transgender students from protective guidance under Title IX put in place by the Obama Administration.  This completely contradicts the Jan 30 statement from the White House that it would “be respectful and supportive of LGBT rights.”

Along with the National Center for Transgender Equality and other pro-LGBT equality groups, the Caucus is committed to fighting for the rights of transgender students in Florida and throughout the United States to go to school without fear of harassment and bullying.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will always stand with transgender students and fight with and for them,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, Legislative Director.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Lauds the City of Jacksonville

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus celebrates the passage of a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance by the Jacksonville City Council that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity & expression.  We congratulate those who worked to secure this victory!

A half a decade in the making, successful passage was secured by a coalition of Jacksonville LGBT residents, business owners and other community and spiritual leaders.  While this does have exemptions for federally-defined religious organizations, amendments to put the HRO to a referendum vote as well as remove protections for transgender individuals were both defeated.  The mayor has stated that he would allow it to become law without his signature.

Call for Officer Nominations

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for officers of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. Nominations will be accepted until February 22, 2017, and NO LATER. Names of nominees may be sent via email to the Nominating Committee at nominations@floridalgbtademocrats.org.

Any member in good standing may nominate a person for office or may have their name placed in nomination. The election will take place at the Winter Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 4th, in Lakeland. Officers to be elected include: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

2017 Lobby Days

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting the 2nd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee, held April 3-5, 2017! 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.

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February Membership Meeting with Guest Speaker

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 6:30pm. Kathy Winn, President of the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee, will discuss the initiatives of her organization’s mission and activities, including outreach and citizen education.

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!

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Denounces Reported Trump Anti-LGBT Executive Order

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus strongly denounces a reported Executive Order by the President that repeals many of the protections put in place by the Obama Administration regarding LGBT equality.

According to President Terry Fleming, “We are veterans and teachers, homemakers and CEO’s, civil servants and laborers, police officers and construction workers and we deserve equal protections against discrimination in housing, employment, credit and public accommodation.  Wrapping legal discrimination in the mantle of religious freedom is an affront to people of all faiths and creeds and a violation of our constitution. This order must be strenuously opposed by all people of good conscience.”

Under the guise of “religious liberty,” this EO would allow federal employees to refuse to serve LGBT Americans based on a belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, allow taxpayer funds to be used to discriminate against LGBT Americans in social services, allow adoption agencies that receive federal funding to discriminate against LGBT parents & remove sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories for federal employees and contractors.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus congratulates the new Florida Democratic Party leadership

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus congratulates Stephen Bittel of Miami-Dade County on his election as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.  The Caucus looks forward to working with Chair Bittel and his team over the next four years to elect pro-LGBT Democrats at the federal, state and local levels.

We also extend congratulations to the other newly elected officers:  Judy Mount of Jackson County as First Vice Chair, Casmore Shaw of Osceola County as Secretary and Francesca Menes of Miami-Dade County as Treasurer.

January Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 6:30pm. This month’s meeting will include a casual conversation about upcoming events and opportunities to get engaged.

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!

Regional Meetings and Elections

Every two years, the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus elects its leaders. These elections occur in two stages. First, regional meetings are held to elect one male and one female director, as well as their respective alternates. Later, at the biennial meeting held in each odd-numbered year, statewide officers are elected.

Listed below are the dates, times and locations of all upcoming regional elections:

Saturday, January 7th
Region 4: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 13326 Lincoln Road, Riverview, FL 33578, 12:30pm

Sunday, January 8th
Region 1: The Home of Andy Janecek, 517 W. 6th Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303, 2:00pm
Region 6: The Pride Center, Room 209, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 2:00pm

Saturday, January 21st
Region 2: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 2586 W CR 48, Bushnell, FL 33513, 1:00pm
Region 7: Starbucks, 6603 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33143, 2:00pm

Saturday, January 28th
Region 3: Panera Community Room, 8600 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821, 10:30am
Region 5: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 9380 19th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32966, 12:00pm

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