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

June 1, 2019
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

May 31, 2019
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.”

Florida LGBTA Democrats Statement on House Impeachment Proceedings

May 29, 2019
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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May Regional Reports

Wondering what’s happening with our chapters around the state? Read on:

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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.



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


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

8:00am Continental Breakfast

Breakfast Speaker: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

9am to Noon



  • 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?


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


Hate Crimes Panel
Moderator: Kevin Beckner
Protecting Our Vote

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

3pm to 5pm


  • Caucus Business and Updates
  • Director Reports
  • Bylaws Discussion


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


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

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

Florida LGBTA Democrats Statement on House Passage of the Equality Act

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today, the US House of Representatives passed HR5, the Equality Act, to end discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:
“Even before the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago, LGBTQ Americans have been fighting for our civil rights. While we have made major strides in recent years, we are not guaranteed to be treated equally under the law. Today, under the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, we have moved one step closer to achieving equality. This bill eliminates discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, and so much more. When one of us is denied our equal rights, all of us suffer. The time for equality is now.”
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April Regional Reports

It’s been another exciting month for our caucus chapters around the state!

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Florida LGBT Democrats Applaud Jane Castor’s Historic Victory in Tampa

TAMPA FL – The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP). Tonight, Jane Castor made history when she became the first openly-LGBTQ person to be elected Mayor of Tampa. The state Caucus’ chapter in Tampa, the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus, has been actively involved in Castor’s campaign, along with Caucus members around the state making GOTV calls.
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on Castor’s historic victory:
“Mayor-Elect Jane Castor showed that LGBTQ candidates and elected officials aren’t just succeeding because of who they are. They’re succeeding because they dedicate their careers to public service, serve their constituents and champion our shared values. This election also shows the organizing power of the Florida LGBTQ community that helped propel her to victory — a significant achievement in an off year election and a sign of what’s to come in 2020.”
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Statement of Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus on the Transgender Military Ban

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today, the Trump administration’s policy banning transgender service members goes into effect. The controversial regulation prevents transgender military personnel from serving openly and blocks the use of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security funds for transition care. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:
“The Trump administration’s continued attacks on the LGBTQ community continue unabated. Rather than supporting those who choose to serve our country, the administration instead goes out of its way to intentionally harm those who would protect us. We are hopeful the courts will positively resolve this issue, and we say to our transgender brothers and sisters: We see you. We support you. And we stand with you.”
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