REP. JOAQUIN CASTRO KEYNOTES THE FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS WINTER CONFERENCE

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), a rising star and national voice in the Democratic Party, will provide the keynote address at the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Winter Conference. The Caucus will hold its winter membership meeting in Fort Myers March 9 though 11, and Castro will provide remarks at the Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 10.

State Representative David Richardson, the first openly-gay member of the Florida Legislature, will also address the Leadership Dinner on the 2018 legislative session.

The working meeting will feature candidates and elected officials from across Florida, GOTV training sessions, and presentations from Florida political and advocacy professionals.

The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. The Caucus will hold closed press social events on Friday evening and Sunday morning. The working day on Saturday, March 10 is open press. The full schedule will be released shortly.

2018 Winter Membership Meeting and Leadership Dinner

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats in Florida, presents its 2018 Winter Conference, March 9 through 11, at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. 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.

Saturday, March 9-11, 2018
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Tentative Schedule
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Membership Meeting – 3:00pm
Leadership Dinner – 7:00pm

Conference Registration
Register to attend the conference by clicking this link.

Leadership Dinner Tickets
Early pricing is only available until February 20th. Ticket prices increase after that date.
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, March 9th, and Saturday, March 10th. Use this link to book your room using rate code FLD.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2018! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.

Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County 2018-02-10 15:26:00

SDAC met Thursday, 2/8/18 at our new meeting space at Santa Fe Downtown Campus. Thanks to Gail Johnson, Gigi Simmons, Tyra Edwards and Harvey Budd, candidates in the upcoming Gainesville City Elections, for attending our candidate interviews. SDAC will meet shortly to discuss endorsements in the 2 races. Look for announcements in the near future.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting is March 8th, 5:30pm, at SFC Downtown Campus.

Officers & Board Members elected in 2017 to a 2 year term-
President: Jason Standford
Vice-President:  Helen Strain
Treasurer: Terry Fleming
Secretary: Bob Karp
At Large Board Member: Linda Bassham
At Large Board Member: Flo Turcotte

February Membership Meeting with Dianne Williams-Cox

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 6:30pm. Our special guest is Dianne Williams-Cox, candidate for Tallahassee City Commission, Seat 5, and the current Vice Chair of the Leon County Democratic Party.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe 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!

February 2018 General Membership Meeting

February 2018 General Membership Meeting

4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
February 14, 2018
Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
 Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Show your love for our county – spend Valentine’s Day evening with the Caucus!  #LoveIsLove

Help us welcome the following candidates for County Commission District 5 & 7:

Jae Passmore       Corey Reynolds       Kimberly Overman       Sky White

Please come ready with your questions to ask the candidates!  We can and must flip control of the County Commission!

Tampa Pride is coming up on March 24 and we’ll be needing folks to staff our booth and to march with us in the parade!  We will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the meeting!

Our 2018 membership drive is underway!  Join or renew now and your membership is good until December 31, 2018!  Thank you to those who have renewed or joined already!  Dues may be paid through our website or you can bring cash, check or credit card to the meeting.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event. The hotel likes to have an estimated number of who will be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you!

LGBTA Democratic Caucus Announces Legislative Report Card

Today, the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus unveiled our priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session, and announced we would provide letter grades to lawmakers. It’s the first time the Caucus is tracking legislative activity and rating lawmakers on their support of bills in the legislative process.

Too many elected officials in the Legislature spend time advancing bills, issues and causes that are out of step with the majority of Floridians. We want to encourage movement on issues that matter to our members, as well as to Floridians all across the state. This report card tracks common sense measures that will improve life in Florida.

As you know, Caucus members are in Tallahassee January 29 and 30 meeting with legislators for our annual Lobby Days, and we’ll be discussing our priority bills for this session. Please contact your legislators to urge their sponsorship of these bills, or thank them for already signing on.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: STRAIGHT, WHITE MEN ONLY

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming:

“There can be no more pretense: President Trump is racist. In both words and actions, he’s made clear where he stands on the issues of diversity and equality. He’s against them.

“His latest incendiary, divisive outburst is just one more example, and underscores America’s shrinking leadership on the world stage and the rising white nationalist sentiments here at home – a core part of his political base.

“Florida is among the most diverse states in the country; our residents speak hundreds of languages. We have taken in refugees from Haiti, as well as our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico. Florida, like the United States as a whole, is stronger because of our diversity.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus takes the president’s words at face value – we know where he stands, so we know where we stand. He has in the past attacked LGBT Americans, and we know we’ll be in his spotlight again. Still, we will not be distracted from our mission and our efforts to ensure equality for all Floridians.”

January 2018 General Membership Meeting

January 2018 General Membership Meeting

4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
December 13, 2017
Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
 Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, a pivotal election year!

Help us welcome 3 of the 5 candidates who have filed to run for County Commission District 5:

  
                                                          Mark Nash                     Elvis Piggott                   Mariella Smith

Please come ready with your questions to ask the candidates!  We can and must flip control of the County Commission!

Tampa Pride is coming up on March 24 and we’ll be needing folks to staff our booth and to march with us in the parade!  We will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the meeting!

Our 2018 membership drive is underway!  Join or renew now and your membership is good until December 31, 2018!  Thank you to those who have renewed or joined already!  Dues may be paid through our website or you can bring cash, check or credit card to the meeting.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event. The hotel likes to have an estimated number of who will be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you!

2018 Lobby Days

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting the 3rd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee on January 29-30, 2018! 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.

Monday, January 29th

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
With Susan Smith, President, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am, Check-In: 9:30am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative David Richardson
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Capitol Tour
Time: 1:00pm

Lobby Days Training
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Tuesday, January 30th

Supreme Court Tour
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Please meet in front of Supreme Court building, directly behind Florida Capitol, promptly at 9:00am.

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative Sean Shaw
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Appointments
Time: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Florida House and Senate

Debrief
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Registration for Lobby Days is now closed.

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

In lieu of a host hotel, we encourage attendees to book their favorite lodging that fits their budget, such as through Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, or Airbnb.

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

January Membership Meeting with PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 6:00pm. Our special guest is PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands. Join us at 6:00pm to order dinner on your own. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

The membership meeting will be held at Jasmine Cafe, 109 E. College Avenue, 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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