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

Conference Registration
Sign up to attend the conference and pay the $45 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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*All registrations and tickets are non-refundable.

***TENTATIVE SCHEDULE***

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Conference Registration
Opens 5:30pm
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Welcome Reception
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Sponsored by Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Sponsored by Asana Creative Strategies
Sponsored by The Sexton Group
Guest: Rep. Kathy Castor

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Conference
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

8:00am Continental Breakfast

8:30am
Breakfast Speaker: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

9am to Noon

MORNING SESSION

Welcome

  • Stephen Gaskill, President, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Dave Cutler, President, Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Les Miller, Chair, Hillsborough County Commission
  • Luis Viera, Chair, Tampa City Council
  • Ione Townsend, Chair, Hillsborough Democratic Party

Running for Office

  • Sean Meloy, Political Director, Victory Fund
  • State Rep. Jennifer Webb
  • Pamela Goodman, President and CEO, Ruth’s List
  • Reggie Cardozo, President, The Public Square

Daniel Lander, LGBTQ Outreach Director, Elizabeth Warren for President

Sponsored by Elizabeth Warren for President

Speaker Hour

  • Rick Boylan and Terry Fleming: Delegate Selection Update
  • Reign Hervey: Diversity and Inclusion Committee Intro/Update
  • Nik Harris, Vice President, What’s Your Privilege?

Noon

Lunch Panel: Tampa Bay LGBTQA Update and Outlook

  • Dave Cutler, President, Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Susan McGrath, President, Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County
  • Jack Crocetto, President, Pasco LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Joe Agostine, President, Stonewall Democrats of Sarasota County
  • Steve Ryan, President, Manatee LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • David Jones, Region 3 Director, for Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Polk County
  • Moderator: Russell Patterson, Hillsborough County State Committeeman

1pm to 3pm

AFTERNOON SESSION

Hate Crimes Panel
Moderator: Kevin Beckner
Protecting Our Vote

  • Brandon Peters, Director, FDP Voter Protection Project
  • Daniel Tilley, Legal Director, ACLU

3pm to 5pm

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

  • Caucus Business and Updates
  • Director Reports
  • Bylaws Discussion

5pm
ADJOURN

6:30pm Cocktail Reception
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

7:30pm Leadership Dinner
Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

  • Welcome: Stephen Gaskill, Caucus President
  • Remarks: Juan Penalosa, Executive Director, Florida Democratic Party
  • Remarks: Stonewall Veteran John “Jay” Chetney
  • Congressional Keynote: Rep. Charlie Crist
  • Remarks: Nik Harris, Caucus Vice President
  • Florida Keynote: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried

Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch
Sponsored by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis
Sponsored by Dolphin Democrats

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Farewell Brunch
11am to 1pm
Bahama Breeze
3045 N. Rocky Point Dr. E.
Tampa

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

July Meeting with Mark Earley

The July meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will feature Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Early as guest speaker. Supervisor Earley will be speaking about the implementation of Amendment 4 (voters rights) in Florida and the impact recent legislation has had on that process.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 6:30pm, in Program Room B 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!

LGBTA Dems Announce Castor, Crist, Fried as Summer Conference Speakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2019

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE CHARLIE CRIST, AG COMMISSIONER NIKKI FRIED & TAMPA MAYOR JANE CASTOR TO ADDRESS SUMMER CONFERENCE

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, State Rep. Jennifer Webb, FDP Executive Director Juan Penalosa, Other Elected Officials and Democratic Leaders Slated Throughout the Conference Weekend

Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future
July 19-21, Tampa

TAMPAU.S. Representative Charlie Crist will deliver the Congressional Keynote Address at the Leadership Dinner of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus’ Summer Conference. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, the first openly-LGBTQ person to be elected to the office, will speak at the opening breakfast to kick off the Conference. Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future is July 19-21 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

“This is a pivotal moment for Florida’s LGBTQ community. Despite the progress that has been made, we are up against Republican elected officials who are actively working to take away our rights. Democratic elected officials and activists are coming together from across Florida to organize and plan for the next phase in the fight for full LGBTQ equality,” said Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

The Summer Conference brings together more than 100 LGBTQ activists and allies from around Florida; federal, state and local elected officials; Democratic Party officials; and subject matter experts on a range of topics. A preliminary schedule follows and will be updated frequently.

Conference registration is $45 until July 19, when it rises to $50, and includes the Welcome Reception on Friday evening, and continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the conference day on Saturday. Register for the conference HERE. Tickets for the Leadership Dinner are $90 until July 19, when the price rises to $100. Purchase dinner tickets HERE.

Our conference hotel room rate is $149 and includes parking and wi-fi, and there are no resort fees. Reserve at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay HERE.

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Commissioner Nikki Fried to Keynote Summer Leadership Dinner

US Rep. Kathy Castor, State Rep. Jennifer Webb, Other Elected Officials and Democratic Leaders Slated Throughout the Conference Weekend

Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future 

July 19-21, Tampa

TAMPA – Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, will deliver the Florida Keynote Address at the Leadership Dinner of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus’ Summer Conference. The conference, Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future, is July 19-21 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

“Our Summer Conference program takes a look at where Florida’s LGBTQ community stands now, to review what’s working and determine where we need to focus our efforts to continue to secure our civil rights,” said Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “The timing is more important than ever, in this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riot that is seen as the start of the modern gay rights movement, and with an administration in Washington hostile to the LGBTQ community.”

The Summer Conference brings together more than 100 LGBTQ activists and allies from around Florida; federal, state and local elected officials; Democratic Party officials; and subject matter experts on a range of topics. A preliminary schedule follows and will be updated frequently.

Conference registration is $45 until July 19, when it rises to $50, and includes the Welcome Reception on Friday evening, and continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the conference day on Saturday. Register for the conference HERE. Tickets for the Leadership Dinner are $90 until July 19, when the price rises to $100. Purchase dinner tickets HERE.

Our conference hotel room rate is $149 and includes parking and wi-fi, and there are no resort fees. Reserve at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay HERE.

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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