RELEASE: You Could Be Next — Trump’s Anti-Gay Actions

The Florida LGBTA Caucus stands with civil rights activists in decrying the Trump administration’s latest attempts to roll back rights and protections for LGBT Americans. On the heels of announcing an unforeseen ban on transgender military personnel yesterday, the Trump administration also filed an amicus brief in a case against workplace protections for the LGBT community.

“This all-out assault on LGBT Americans is just the latest attempt to take America back to a time when only straight, white males were visible. If there had been any doubt about where the Trump administration stands with regard to LGBT rights, that doubt has been eliminated in a span of less than 24 hours,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “The Trump administration intends to roll back LGBT rights, and with it the American commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“If you think your rights are safe — whoever you are, whatever demographic you belong to — take heed: you could be next.”

Despite a clarification from the Pentagon today that transgender service members can remain in their posts for now, there is still massive confusion about the implementation of the new policy and its impact on military personnel.

However, the amicus brief filed by the Justice Department in a New York case based on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is clear in its motivation: to deny LGBT workers basic protections on the job by declaring that employees are not protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“The Florida LGBTA Caucus calls on our state’s Congressional delegation to speak out against these discriminatory actions intended to harm the LGBT community, and let President Trump know we will not tolerate hate and exclusion,” Fleming said.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and Council Member Darden Rice

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has announced their endorsement of Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg and Darden Rice for St. Petersburg City Council, District 4. The endorsement letters can be viewed at the following link:

Capital Equality Democratic Caucus Condemns President Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus condemns today’s announcement via Twitter by President Trump that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

We applaud the strong, bipartisan condemnation from members of both sides of the aisle in Congress and from our Democratic gubernatorial candidates here in Florida. It is clear from statements to the media from the President’s own administration officials that this decision was made for political reasons and is not an issue of military readiness. We hope that Congress will quickly take up legislation to protect transgender service members from discrimination.

The fact is transgender people are already bravely serving in the United States Armed Forces, over 15,000 in fact. As Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA) said on the floor of the House today, “Our soldiers do not discriminate. They defend all of our nation’s people. Their government owes them that same decency in return.”

All Gubernatorial Candidates to Address Caucus Summer Conference

All three of Florida’s declared Democratic candidates for governor will address the Summer Conference of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus in Tallahassee on Saturday, August 19. The full schedule for the conference, which runs Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, will be released shortly.

“The LGBTA Democratic Caucus is one of the most active organizations in the Florida Democratic Party, providing workers and funding for candidates up and down the ballot,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “We’re excited that all of the candidates will address our members as we prepare for a crucial election season.”

The candidates — Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, and Chris King — will appear separately throughout the conference to address the group and answer questions. The conference is open to the press.

The Caucus’ Summer Conference is being held at the Hotel Duval, located at 415 North Monroe St. in Tallahassee. In addition to appearances by the gubernatorial candidates the program will feature a working business session, informational presentations on the upcoming election cycle, appearances by other candidates, social activities, and a Gala Dinner on Saturday, August 19 with a guest speaker. More info to follow.

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Responds to President Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming on President Trump’s just-announced ban on transgender troops:

“Once again, President Trump has displayed callous disregard for the lives of LGBTQ service members. As a Navy veteran, I am appalled at this action. The President received a medical deferment to avoid service and has no understanding of our military or the extraordinary courage of those who serve and put their lives on the line for us everyday. We call on the administration to reverse this heinous decision immediately.”

Join us for our Summer Conference in Tallahassee!

Hotel Update!
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Summer Conference
August 18-20, 2017
Tallahassee

We are excited to announce that our host hotel will be the Hotel Duval in downtown Tallahassee.  Reservations can be made here.

2017 Summer Membership Meeting Notice

This serves as notice that the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will hold a membership meeting on August 19, 2017 at 10:00 am at our Summer Conference in Tallahassee.  Further details including agenda, location and registration will be forthcoming.  We look forward to seeing you next month in our state capital!

July Membership Social

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 6:30pm. This month’s meeting will include a casual conversation about upcoming events and opportunities to get engaged.

The membership meeting will be held at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Road, 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!

Call Governor Rick Scott: Add LGBT Protections NOW!

As we mourn the Pulse 49 on this date, we also demand both action and recognition from our elected officials in memory of the victims.

Governor Rick Scott proclaimed today as “Pulse Remembrance Day” and while that symbolic gesture is appreciated, more concrete action is required.  His staff has stated that an executive order protecting LGBT state workers has been in the works for a year now.

We urge our members, supporters and friends across the state to call him at 850-888-7146 and demand that he protect LGBT state workers from discrimination!

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam did not use the words Latino or LGBT in his statement about the Pulse massacre today.  Contact him and demand that he acknowledge us!

Caucus Statement on the 1st Commemoration of the Pulse Shooting

Orlando – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus joins with LGBTA Floridians from Pensacola to Key West this morning as we remember the victims of the Pulse tragedy one year later.  We thank all those who have come together these past few days leading up to June 12 to remember the Pulse 49, to comfort one another and help each other heal.  We are all Orlando today – we are One Pulse today.

We stand by the friends & families of the Pulse 49 still mourning their friends and loved ones today and always.

Terry Fleming, President of the Caucus, said, “We thank the first responders and leaders of Orlando who sprang into quick action that fateful night to stop the shooter, treat the survivors and help the community start to heal.  We especially thank Caucus members Dr Elizabeth McCarthy who was called in to assist with some of the emergency surgeries that night and continues to provide medical services and Marissa Salas, a bilingual counselor in Orlando who has been providing her services to those who are traumatized by the shootings.  We also thank those in Orlando and all of Florida who stood in long lines in the sun to donate critically needed blood.

When Florida voters go to the polls next year, we urge them to vote for Democrats who believe in commonsense gun safety to keep weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

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