2019 Summer Membership Meeting and Leadership Dinner

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats in Florida, presents its 2019 Summer Conference, July 19-21, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Caucus conferences bring together a wide range of politically active Democrats to hear from state, local and national elected officials and candidates, party officials, allied activists, and issue experts for an invigorating and productive weekend. Our conferences receive statewide media coverage that underscores the experience and commitment our members bring to Florida politics.

July 19-21, 2019
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607

Tentative Schedule
Friday, July 19, 2019
Welcome Reception Hosted by Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus – 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday, July 20, 2019

8am Continental Breakfast and Speaker
9am – Noon Morning Session
Noon Lunch Speaker
1pm – 3pm Afternoon Session
3pm – 5pm Membership Meeting
630pm Cocktail Reception
730pm Leadership Dinner

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Farewell Brunch – 10:00am-12:00pm
Location TBD

Conference Registration
Sign up to attend the conference and pay the $40 conference fee.

Leadership Dinner Tickets
Purchase your individual or table tickets to the Leadership Dinner online.

Hotel Information
A limited number of rooms are available at the hotel at a discounted rate for the nights of Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20. Use this link to book your room.

Conference Program
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Join us as we prepare for victory in 2020! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party This Week

The first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27, in Miami, Florida! You can join fellow Democrats for a DEBATE WATCH PARTY in Tallahassee at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 1208 Capital Circle SE, beginning at 8:30pm on each debate night.

The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday, June 26:

  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday, June 27:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado

This event is hosted by the Leon County Democratic Party and the Democratic Club of North Florida. There is no cost to attend. Register Online >

It’s Election Day in House District 7!

If you’re a voter in Florida’s House District 7, today is Election Day! Democrat Ryan Terrell needs your vote to win! Ryan has been endorsed by Capital Equality and the Equality Florida Action PAC. Polls are open until 7pm this evening. For more information, including polling locations, visit LeonVotes.org.

Phone bankers are needed all day today to help ensure voters are informed and get out to vote! To sign up for a phone banking shift, visit this link.

Statement of LGBTA Democrats on Trump Reelection Kickoff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2019
Florida LGBTA Democrats Call Out President Trump’s Horrific Anti-LGBTQ Record

Orlando, FL – Coming off the heels of a homophobic “Make America Straight Again” conference where an anti-LGBTQ pastor wished “every homo would die” and where event organizers prayed for violence, President Trump is kicking off his reelection campaign campaign tonight. Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement in response to the rally:
“During Pride Month, President Trump has attempted to rainbow-wash his record but LGBTQ+ Americans and their allies see right through his divisive rhetoric and discriminatory policies. Whether it’s banning patriotic transgender Americans from serving in the military, making it harder for LGBTQ families to adopt, or allowing healthcare providers to withhold treatment from LGBTQ patients, he has repeatedly attacked our community.

“We cannot afford another term of a hate-filled presidency. Fortunately, Democrats are offering thoughtful, positive visions for cleaning up and moving us beyond this morass. We must remain focused on those plans, because they bolster and support all working families, provide real relief for overburdened Floridians, and underscore the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect.”
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CAUCUS STATEMENT ON PULSE ANNIVERSARY

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS 
STATEMENT ON PULSE ANNIVERSARY
 
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the anniversary of the massacre at Pulse Nightclub:
“Three years ago a man filled with hate decimated our community. His rage tore through Orlando’s LGBTQ safe space at Pulse, and left a lasting scar that is still healing today. Since then, deaths due to senseless gun violence have risen, as have attacks on the LGBTQ community. It’s exhausting to have to fight every day, and yet that is the only way to honor the 49 lives lost at Pulse. So today, we remember, we reflect, and we recommit to continue our work for the 49 victims of Pulse, and for all LGBTQ people who feel vulnerable, left behind, or left out as we strive to achieve full equality.”

Capital Equality: LGBTQ Legislative Recap and Social

Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director, Jon Harris Maurer, returns to give Capital Equality members a recap of this year’s Legislative Session, including an update on the Florida Competitive Workforce Act and other initiatives important to our community.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 6:30pm, at GrassLands Brewing Company, 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 Democrats Statement on Pride Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS 
STATEMENT ON PRIDE MONTH
 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement regarding Pride Month:
“Since Stonewall in June 1969, the LGBTQ community has remained steadfast in steering toward our goal of full equality. We have made tremendous progress here in Florida, throughout the United States, and around the world, yet we are still a long way from our goal. We support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer family during their struggles and their victories. While the Trump administration pursues a policy of division and exclusion, we pursue togetherness and inclusion. Pride Month is a time for us to celebrate who we are, and to show the world both our individuality and our community. We stand together, and together we grow stronger.”
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Florida LGBTA Democrats Call on State Rep. Mike Hill to Resign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS 
CALLS ON STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HILL TO IMMEDIATELY RESIGN
 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Today we learned that State Representative Mike Hill (FL-01) laughed at a town hall when a constituent suggested he introduce legislation that calls for gay people to be executed.
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement calling on State Representative Mike Hill to immediately resign:
“It’s appalling enough that Representative Hill believes LGBTQ people chose to be who we are. It’s disgraceful and beneath the office he holds to laugh and even encourage the execution of his own LGBTQ constituents. This is no laughing matter. With anti-LGBTQ violence on the rise, elected officials should be protecting, not attacking, their constituents. Representative Hill should resign today.”
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Florida LGBTA Democrats Statement on House Impeachment Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CALLS ON THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BEGIN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP
DELRAY BEACH FL — Independent Counsel Robert Mueller today spoke about his investigation into President Trump and Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and made clear Justice Department rules prohibited him from charging the President with obstruction of justice. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement calling on Florida’s Congressional Delegation to immediately push for impeachment proceedings:
“Today, Robert Mueller contradicted the ‘no collusion, no obstruction’ line pushed by President Trump and his protectors in the White House. The evidence has been painstakingly laid out in the Mueller Report, and it leads to one conclusion: Congress must begin impeachment proceedings against the President for obstruction of justice. Every member of Florida’s Congressional Delegation should join the call for impeachment proceedings to begin immediately. The American people deserve accountability, and it’s time for Congress to do its job.”
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