Florida’s First Transgender Delegate

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is excited to announce that history has been made!  Monica DePaul from Jacksonville has become the first openly transgender delegate elected to the Democratic National Convention from Florida and is pledged to Senator Bernie Sanders.

She was elected on May 7th as a district-level delegate from Florida’s 4th Congressional District and will be joining 29 other lesbian, gay and bisexual delegates at the convention in Philadelphia in July where the next President of the United States will be nominated.

The Caucus congratulates Monica and all of Florida’s LGBT delegates!

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Elected LGBT Delegates

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus congratulates the LGBT-identified candidates who won their election as district-level delegates pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders:

Clinton
Ronnie Helms – 1
Terry Fleming – 5
Georgia Raines – 6
Antonio Silva – 9
Vivian Rodriguez – 9
Brandon Nelson – 10
Bryan Farris – 14
Susan McGrath – 14
Michael Fischer – 16
Percy Johnson – 20
Ken Evans – 22
Marco Giron – 25

Sanders
Daniel Pooler – 2
Monica DePaul – 4
Miguel Valdez – 5
Jacob Tiver – 10
Jan Lund – 14
Sharon Janis – 14
Mitchell Stollberg – 22
Jamie Friend – 23

They will do well representing their congressional district, the LGBT community and the State of Florida with pride at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in late July!

A special congratulations to the 14th Congressional District which elected a majority-LGBT delegation!

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2016 Summer Leadership Gala

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2016 Summer 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.

July 9th, 2016
Bahia Mar Hotel
801 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Gala tickets are $85 and include admission and dinner ($50 for students).  Tickets may be purchased in advance using the links below.  Printed tickets will not be provided.  Your name will appear on our pre-paid list at the door.

Purchase General Admission Tickets ($85)

Purchase Student Admission Tickets ($50)

Tentative Schedule
Cocktails (cash bar) & Social Hour: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dinner & Program: 6:30 pm – 9:30pm

Hotel Information
A special rate of $119/night has been established for Gala attendees. Click this link to make your reservation online.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2016! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Caucus President Terry Fleming at president@floridalgbtademocrats.org.

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Update: LGBT Candidates for DNC Delegate

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus congratulates the LGBT-identified candidates who won their election as delegates pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.  They will do well representing their congressional district and the State of Florida with pride at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in late July!

The Caucus also congratulates those LGBT Delegates who ran but didn’t get elected at the District Level. Putting your name forward for any elected position shows commitment and dedication and we thank you for your resolution.  If you wish to be considered but have not yet filed to be an At-Large/Alternate delegate, you can fill out this form and contact the Florida Democratic Party before noon tomorrow, May 9th, for last-minute filing details.

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LGBT Candidates for DNC Delegate

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus applauds all of the LGBT-identified Democrats who applied for and qualified to be a candidate for delegate for the 2016 Delegate Selection Caucuses being held this Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is very important that our community is represented at the national convention and as of today, we have 99 LGBT identified applicants on ballots from 25 out of 27 Congressional Districts.

The delegates elected on Saturday will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July and these races are very competitive.  Here is the list of candidates and which candidate they are pledged to.  You will find both Hillary and Bernie supporters are running to represent their chosen campaign and they need your support.  The Florida LGBTA Caucus is not endorsing any of the candidates but we are asking for you to get out and vote this Saturday and we want you to consider supporting the LGBT delegate candidate of your choice.

At the election sites on Saturday, each registered Democrat will get a ballot corresponding to his/her presidential preference to vote for individuals from that Congressional District.   You will just need to sign in, get a ballot, and vote! It’s that easy!

On behalf of the caucus and these delegates -Thank you for your vote!

May Membership Meeting with Sean Desmond, Rep. Alan Williams, and Andy Thomas

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 6:30pm. Our guest speakers include Sean Desmond, candidate for State Attorney, Rep. Alan Williams, candidate for Leon County Supervisor of Elections, and Andy Thomas, candidate for Public Defender. Come join the fun and learn more about these important offices.

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!

Florida LGBTA Democratic Statement on Marion School Board Transgender Vote

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus opposes the Marion County School Board’s pending vote on its “emergency” resolution that seeks to prohibit transgender students from using bathrooms they  identify with (and require them to use bathrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificates).

The LGBTA Democratic Caucus is asking all of its members and supporters to take action now by letting the Marion County School Board members know that you oppose this dangerous resolution.  You can email the five Marion County School Board members to urge them to vote No on the resolution at these addresses:

Nancy.Stacy@marion.k12.fl.us,
Carol.Ely@marion.k12.fl.us,
Bobby.James@marion.k12.fl.us,
Angelia.Boynton@marion.k12.fl.us,
Kelly.King@marion.k12.fl.us

If you live in Marion County or the surrounding area you can also show your support for transgender students by attending the Marion County School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 PM at 512 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL34471.

The resolution would require students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender assigned at birth as opposed to that which aligns with their gender identity.  Here  is the proposed text of the “transgender resolution”.

If passed, this policy would imperil the safety of transgender and gender nonconforming students who would be forced to use bathrooms that do not correspond to their gender identity.  It would stigmatize these students and expose them to potential bullying and harassment.

If passed, the Marion County School Board resolution could result in a loss of federal education dollars.

Some background:  The resolution already passed on a 4-1 vote last week, with the Board Chair Bobby James voting in dissent, stating that it should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Just last week a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled that a similar school board policy there constituted discrimination based on sex.  From the Washington Post:  “…The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit deferred to the U.S. Education Department’s position that transgender students should have access to the bathrooms that match their gender identities rather than being forced to use bathrooms that match their biological sex.  The department has said that requiring transgender students to use a bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex amounts to a violation of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.”

Thank you for taking action now to show your support for transgender students in Marion County public schools!

David Richardson R3 2016 Event

Orlando Social w/State Rep David Richardson

Please join the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 16th, as we welcome State Representative David Richardson to Orlando. For more information, view the event flyer. To RSVP, visit this link.

DNC Chair Statement on Louisiana’s LGBT Protections

WASHINGTON –  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement in response to Louisiana Governor JohnBel Edwards’ executive order that protects state workers and contractors from being harassed or fired due to their gender identity or sexual orientation:

“I applaud Governor John Bel Edwards for continuing our party’s strong tradition of equality and protecting all Americans from discrimination. His executive order protecting state workers and contractors from anti-LGBT discrimination will help ensure that LGBT Louisianans have the equal protection under the law they deserve.

“Governor Edwards’ leadership stands in stark contrast to the disingenuous arguments that we’ve heard from Republican leaders in North Carolina, in Mississippi, in Washington, DC, and elsewhere. We have seen Republican Governors cater to the most extreme voices in their party by signing anti-LGBT bills and we’ve seen the Republican National Committee endorse policies that would further target the LGBT community for discrimination. Sadly, anti-LGBT measures have become part of the standard Republican playbook. Discrimination is neither a ‘right’ nor a ‘liberty.’ Hatred holds our nation back, and creates divisions where none should exist.

“Governor Edwards’ action today proves once again that the Democratic Party is the party of inclusion, diversity, and respect for all. It’s long past time for the Republican Party to join our efforts to expand equality for everyone.”

April Membership Meeting with Jack Campbell and Richard Junnier

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 6:30pm. Our guest speakers include Jack Campbell, candidate for State Attorney 2nd Judicial Circuit, and Richard Junnier, candidate for Public Defender 2nd Circuit. Come join the fun and learn more about these important offices.

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!

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