LGBTQ+ Dem Watch Parties for CNN Town Hall

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October 10, 2019
 
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ORGANIZES AROUND HISTORIC TOWN HALL ON LGBTQ ISSUES
DELRAY BEACH FL – At 7 p.m. tonight, CNN is hosting the first ever town hall with presidential candidates that is dedicated to LGBTQ+ equality. Chapters of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus are hosting and participating in watch parties across the state (listed below) to celebrate this moment and organize activists in advance of the 2020 election.
Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the CNN town hall:
“LGBTQ+ Democrats in Florida are organized and energized like never before. We are thrilled to hear where Democratic presidential candidates stand on LGBTQ+ equality in a first-of-its-kind national town hall. We’re inspired by the most diverse field of candidates in history, including the first openly gay presidential candidate. Our community is ready to beat Donald Trump and end his relentless attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans.”
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Watch Parties:
Dolphin Democrats (Broward County)*
Rosie’s Bar and Grill, 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus*
Bistro Italia – 4500 W Cypress St, Tampa
Capital Equality Democratic Caucus (Leon County)
The Bark – 507 All Saints Street, Tallahassee
Rainbow Democrats (Orange County)*
The Hammered Lamb at 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, 32804.
Rusty Gordon GLBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches
Penny’s at the Duke – 902 N. Dixie Hwy., Lantana
H.G. Rooster’s – 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach
Stonewall Democrats of Sarasota County
Sarasota County Democratic Party, 7358 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota
*With the Florida Democratic Party, Equality Florida, and the Human Rights Campaign.
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Capital Equality: Postcards & Pints

Capital Equality is proud to host Postcards & Pints on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6:30pm at The Bark, located at 507 All Saints Street in downtown Tallahassee. We’ll be writing postcards to statewide elected officials to encourage their support of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment funding and for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and the company of fellow Democrats!

This meeting is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

FL LGBTQ Dems React to Supreme Court Workplace Discrimination Cases

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October 8, 2019

 

UNCERTAINTY OF SUPREME COURT CASES SHOWS WHY LGBTQ FLORIDIANS AND ALLIES MUST KEEP FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY

 

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases that will determine whether or not LGBTQ Americans are protected in the workplace. These cases are especially important for Florida, one of 26 states where there are no statewide protections for people who face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If the Florida Legislature passes the Competitive Workforce Act in the 2020 session, nearly 1 million residents who identify as LGBTQ will be protected.

 

Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the cases being heard:

 

“It’s completely unacceptable that nearly one million Floridians can lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. While we can be hopeful that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing, we can’t count on it. LGBTQ Floridians and our allies must keep up the fight for equality by advocating for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, electing equality-minded Democrats up and down the ballot, and informing voters about politicians who stand in the way of full equality.”

 

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Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention

Are you going to the Florida Democratic Party State Convention? Join us at our caucus business meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to discuss our plans for 2020, hear from Democratic elected officials, and more!
We only have a few seats left at the Caucus table for the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday night. Purchase your ticket today before we sell out at the discounted price of $170.
Be on the lookout for more details as the State Convention gets closer!
The Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention is coming up!
The Convention will be held October 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Will you be there?
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus will hold a business meeting during the Convention. Stay tuned for details on the time and location.
If you’d like to attend the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday and sit at the Caucus’ table, you can purchase a ticket for $170. We have a limited number of seats at this discounted price.
For more information about the convention, visit the Florida Democratic Party website.
We hope to see you there!
Stephen Gaskill
President

FL LGBTQ Dems Call for Immediate Impeachment Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS RENEWS ITS CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP

DELRAY BEACH FL – In May, the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus called on the U.S. House to begin impeachment proceedings to hold President Trump accountable for the findings of Independent Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Over the past week, we have learned that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine and repeatedly pressured their President to conduct a sham investigation that would benefit Trump politically. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement calling on Florida’s Congressional Delegation to support impeachment proceedings now:

“President Trump’s conduct around Ukraine is a textbook example of a corrupt abuse of power – soliciting assistance from a foreign government to win an election, all the while jeopardizing our national security in the process. For good reason, the U.S. Constitution specifically calls out treason and bribery as impeachable offenses. There is only one path forward and that is holding the President accountable with immediate impeachment proceedings. Every member of Florida’s Congressional Delegation should live up to their constitutional duties and join the call for impeachment.”

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How to Help the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

RESOURCE CENTER

The Bahamas has set up an online resource center that is providing updates on relief efforts.

MONETARY DONATIONS

American Red Cross

National Association of the Bahamas

Operation Helping Hands

Text DORIAN to 21000

Beware of scams and fake charities. To check a charity’s status, use the Check-a-Charity tool, or call 800-HELP-FLA.

DONATE SUPPLIES

There are drop off locations for supplies active across the state. Below we have listed locations in Orange, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Did we miss one? Shoot us a note with details at communications@floridalgbtademocrats.org.

Orlando/Orange County

Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

 

Capital Equality: Climate Change with Tally 100% Together

The September meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will feature Lauren Corey of ReThink Energy Florida discussing the current environmental sustainability goals of the Tally 100% Together Coalition.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6:30pm at GreenWise Market, 625 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, in the upstairs meeting space and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

Capital Equality: Voter Registration Training

Democrats all over the state and across America are working hard to increase voter registration numbers! Capital Equality is proud to host a Voter Registration Training in Leon County on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 6:30pm in Program Room A of the Leon County Downtown Public Library, Tallahassee. Local voting rights advocate Marty Monroe will share tips and best practices for engaging potential voters in your community.

The event is open to ALL Democrats!

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

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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