Florida LGBTA Democrats Statement on House Passage of the Equality Act

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today, the US House of Representatives passed HR5, the Equality Act, to end discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:
“Even before the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago, LGBTQ Americans have been fighting for our civil rights. While we have made major strides in recent years, we are not guaranteed to be treated equally under the law. Today, under the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, we have moved one step closer to achieving equality. This bill eliminates discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, and so much more. When one of us is denied our equal rights, all of us suffer. The time for equality is now.”
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April Regional Reports

It’s been another exciting month for our caucus chapters around the state!

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Florida LGBT Democrats Applaud Jane Castor’s Historic Victory in Tampa

TAMPA FL – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP). Tonight, Jane Castor made history when she became the first openly-LGBTQ person to be elected Mayor of Tampa. The state Caucus’ chapter in Tampa, the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus, has been actively involved in Castor’s campaign, along with Caucus members around the state making GOTV calls.
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on Castor’s historic victory:
“Mayor-Elect Jane Castor showed that LGBTQ candidates and elected officials aren’t just succeeding because of who they are. They’re succeeding because they dedicate their careers to public service, serve their constituents and champion our shared values. This election also shows the organizing power of the Florida LGBTQ community that helped propel her to victory — a significant achievement in an off year election and a sign of what’s to come in 2020.”
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Statement of Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus on the Transgender Military Ban

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today, the Trump administration’s policy banning transgender service members goes into effect. The controversial regulation prevents transgender military personnel from serving openly and blocks the use of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security funds for transition care. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:
“The Trump administration’s continued attacks on the LGBTQ community continue unabated. Rather than supporting those who choose to serve our country, the administration instead goes out of its way to intentionally harm those who would protect us. We are hopeful the courts will positively resolve this issue, and we say to our transgender brothers and sisters: We see you. We support you. And we stand with you.”
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Caucus Calls on Vero Beach-Based Piper Aircraft to Denounce Brunei

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CALLS ON VERO BEACH-BASED PIPER AIRCRAFT TO DENOUNCE BRUNEI’S BARBARIC POLICY TO STONE LGBT PEOPLE TO DEATH

VERO BEACH FL – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP). Since the world learned that Brunei made homosexuality punishable by death from stoning, global outrage has ranged from diplomatic pressure to boycotts of Brunei-owned businesses. One company that has so far escaped scrutiny is Vero Beach-based Piper Aircraft, which is owned by the Government of Brunei.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement calling on Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott to break the company’s silence:

“News of Brunei’s new policy to stone LGBT people to death has been met by an unfortunate silence from Piper Aircraft, which is based in Vero Beach. There’s no question that this law is barbaric, and it’s past time for Piper Aircraft to speak out publicly against what Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has called a ‘great achievement.’ Remaining silent on these vile human rights violations is a tacit endorsement. Piper’s LGBT customers, employees and partners need to hear from CEO Simon Caldecott. Now.”

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Leadership Blue

Gala dinner tickets are $180 each. Purchase your ticket(s) today to sit at the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus table:


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Hotel rooms can booked online be booked by calling Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club at (407) 939-4686.

Leadership Blue 2019 convenes over 2,000 grassroots activists, elected officials, and major donors. The weekend is packed with trainings, meetings, and a highly anticipated Gala.

The conference and trainings are free and cover a range of important topics such as field operations, campaign finance law, and more. The gala dinner is $190 per person if you purchase your tickets  before April 15th, and $270 if you purchase your tickets after April 15th. With such a broad and talented field of Democratic candidates for the Presidential nomination, this year’s Leadership Blue program is sure to be one of the most exciting in years!

This year’s event will be held at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, FL from Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th.

Day of Action with Jane Castor

Please join us in getting out the vote for our endorsed mayoral candidate, Jane Castor! Let us know you will be joining us on our Facebook Event. Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm Jane Castor for Mayor 3007 West Cypress St., Ste 2, Tampa, Florida 33609

Officers

Congratulations to our Officers on their election!

President – Dave Cutler
Vice President – Sally Phillips
Secretary – Lora Jane Riedas
Treasurer – Howard Grater

Capital Equality: March Meeting with For Our Future

The March meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will include a presentation by David Akintonde, Field Organizer for For Our Future. For Our Future is a group that advocates progressive politics in Florida and works with grassroots organizing to energize voters.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 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!

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Elects New Leaders

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), elected new leadership at its Winter Conference in Jacksonville, Moving Forward Together, this past weekend.

Stephen Gaskill of Delray Beach is the new Caucus President. A veteran of Florida and national politics, Gaskill is an independent communications and political consultant counseling corporations, advocacy groups, nonprofits, and trade associations in Florida and across the country. A longtime resident of South Florida and Washington DC, he was one of the Caucus’ founding members when it was re-formed in 2004-5. Gaskill has served for many years as the organization’s Communications Director.

“Our goal is simple: to elect Democrats who support the LGBTQ community and who will enact policies that advance equality,” Gaskill said. “The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has demonstrated that we’ll do the work, and we’ll keep preaching that inclusion, diversity and equality are what will grow Florida.”

Nik Harris of Fort Lauderdale was elected Vice President. Since 2009 she has been Assistant General Counsel with the State of Florida Department of Transportation. She has also worked for the State of Florida Department of Health and State of Florida Public Defender’s Office. Harris is also Vice President of the Dolphin Democrats, the Caucus’ Broward chapter.

Adam N. Sabin of Fort Lauderdale is the new Treasurer. Sabin is a certified public accountant who is currently a Tax Manager for Citrix Systems, Inc., where he is chiefly responsible for the company’s income tax compliance, audit management, and ad hoc special projects. Sabin is also Treasurer of the Dolphin Democrats, the Caucus’ Broward County chapter.

Dave Cutler of Tampa was reelected to a second term as Secretary. Cutler has worked in lab billing at Quest Diagnostics/Optum360 since 2015 after more than a decade in a similar role at LabCorp. Cutler is president of the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus, the Hillsborough County chapter of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

In addition to the elected Officers, the Caucus has a robust structure of elected Regional Directors as well as several appointed At-Large Directors charged with specific responsibilities. Leadership of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus serves for two-year terms. The election was held February 23 at the Caucus’ Winter Conference, Moving Forward Together, in Jacksonville, which featured presentations by openly gay State Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Jennifer Webb, and Shevrin Jones; State Rep. Anna Eskamani; FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo; and FDP Executive Director Juan Penalosa, among others.

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