Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on HB 583
The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus stands united with our partners the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida and equality-minded Floridians throughout the state in strongly opposing blatantly transphobic House Bill 583. This legislation would force transgender Floridians to use public facilities that do not correspond with their gender identity and expression, exposing them not just […]
Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Statement on Arrival of Marriage Equality
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus proudly welcomes marriage equality to the great State of Florida and its LGBT residents! For years, same-gender couples have been denied full equality in this state where we live, play and pay taxes, but that has come to an end! Last Tuesday, January 6, was just the […]
Lawsuit Filed By Six Couples to Bring Marriage Equality to Florida
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of six same-sex couples challenging the ban on marriage equality in Florida. The South Florida couples suing for the right to marry are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer […]
Caucus Applauds the Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Prop 8
TAMPA, FL – The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus applauds rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court decisions today that struck down a critical section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and reinstated marriage equality for same-sex couples in California. “This is an enormous victory and joyous day for loving, married couples and their families across […]
Alex Schmider: Why It’s Important to Venerate Deshawnda Bradley’s Life and Remember Her for Who She Was
For nearly six years, the Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus, Inc., has worked to educate voters in the Big Bend region of issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied community, while advocating for the passage of local, state, and federal protections that would help to eliminate discrimination in our society.
In honor of that continuing commitment, and in recognition of the growing diversity of our community, the Board of Directors this week approved proposed amendments to the bylaws that would change our organization’s name to Capital Equality Democratic Caucus, Inc.
Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Florida, but the fight for equality continues. We must continue to advocate for a statewide non-discrimination law and for strengthened anti-bullying policies throughout Florida, as well as for transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for employees of our local governments. We must also fight to secure services that support the elderly members of our community and policies that require government contractors to maintain fair and equal hiring practices and employee benefits. A major battle has been won, but the fight continues.
We believe that this new name – Capital Equality – will allow us to be more inclusive in our approach by being more representative of the families we strive to represent. This is more than just a name – it’s also part of a stronger vision and renewed commitment to ensure that Tallahassee and Leon County become model communities that represent the true values of equality.
The proposed bylaws changes, as drafted by the Bylaws Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, also incorporate recent changes made to the name of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. These proposed changes are being distributed to the general membership for approval at our next membership meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
In service and community,
Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus
Washington, DC – Today Marco Rubio released his tax proposal. Instead of offering anything new, the Rubio plan calls for more of the same failed, trickle-down fiscal policies of which the American people have grown tired and deserve better. In response to Rubio’s plan, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:
“At every opportunity, Marco Rubio jumps at the chance to pander to the extreme base of the Republican Party. Rubio’s tax plan shifts the burden onto working Americans and those hurting the most while propping up the very rich and offering tax breaks for corporations. To top it off, Rubio’s plan would increase the annual deficit. Rather than propose a serious fiscal plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, Marco Rubio has assembled what amounts to a GOP donor wish list. Marco Rubio isn’t fooling anyone. If he seriously intends to be a fresh face for the Republican Party, then Rubio needs to go back to the drawing board and try again.”
Here are a few examples of how the Rubio tax plan would prop up corporations and the very rich at the expense of working Americans and those hurting the most:
- Cuts taxes for those at the very top while raising them for people at the bottom
- Calls for tax breaks for corporations
- Eliminates taxes on capital gains
- Previewing his plan in front of Club for Growth, Rubio stated “If I got to start our country over from scratch, I would either have a flat tax or a consumption tax.”
I had the chance to catch up with Jen Richards, a transgender activist and media specialist to address transgende...