September Membership Meeting Cancellation

Due to the threat and expected impacts of Hurricane Irma on the Tallahassee area, the September 13th general membership meeting with guests Victor Williams and State Attorney Jack Campbell has been cancelled. We will attempt to reschedule these speakers for a future date.

Hurricane Irma: Prepare and Stay Aware

Recent updates have suggested that Hurricane Irma may bring hurricane-strength winds to North Florida. For latest updates, shelter information, evacuation maps and important contacts, visit FloridaDisaster.org.

Phone Bank for Rick Kriseman for Mayor & Annette Taddeo for State Senate

This month the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus endorsed two candidates:

Rick Kriseman for St. Petersburg Mayor
Annette Taddeo for State Senate 40

We encourage Caucus members, allies and supporters across the state to help elect these candidates. Below are links where you can go to phone banking to help these strong Democrats.

Annette Taddeo
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/426D22M-6353

Rick Kriseman
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/11CE22P-3862

If you need a Fast Action ID for the voter file:
https://accounts.ngpvan.com/Account/RegisterPrivate

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL CENSURE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

The membership of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, meeting in Tallahassee for its Summer Conference, adopted a resolution calling on Congress to censure President Trump for his anti-lgbt actions, his erratic and destabilizing rhetoric, and his support for white supremacist groups.

“If anyone had any doubt before, events of the past week have made clear that President Trump is a danger to our community and our country,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “We urge the Florida Congressional delegation to take steps to counter the harmful actions of the Trump administration.”

The text of the resolution follows:

RESOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS REGARDING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

August 19, 2017

Whereas the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus was formed in 2005 to promote diversity, inclusion, and the celebration of Florida’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community;

Whereas, as an arm of the Florida Democratic Party, the LGBTA Democratic Caucus declares its vision is to be “a voice that seeks to instill awareness of the freedoms of a democratic society, educate future leaders, support the community at large, and maintain an ongoing rapport and increasing viability with political entities”;

Whereas President Donald J. Trump’s administration has taken actions intended to harm and minimize the contributions and participation of the LGBT community, including:

announcing a reinstatement of the ban on transgender military personnel;

filing a legal brief at a federal appeals court arguing that anti-gay discrimination is legal under federal law;

reversing guidance from the Obama administration that protected transgender children from discrimination in public schools;

appointing a Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, who opposes LGBT rights;
failing to recognize Pride Month in June 2017;

signaling that he would support the First Amendment Defense Act which would allow discrimination against LGBT people on a religious basis; and

nominating Gov, Sam Brownback of Kansas, a vocal opponent of gay rights, as ambassador at large for international religious freedom;

Whereas the president’s erratic behavior and misguided, inaccurate and misleading statements create an environment of uncertainty for American leadership on the world stage; and

Whereas the president’s vocal support for white supremacist groups, organizations and individuals in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville represents a shameful stain on the presidency and makes all Americans less safe; now, therefore be it

Resolved that the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus

1. urges Florida Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to sign onto, support and push for passage of a Congressional motion to censure the President of the United States;

2. demands that Florida Members of Congress continue to forcefully speak out in opposition to the divisive words and actions of the Trump administration as a way to shine a light on and counter the dangerous environment being fostered; and

3. demands that Florida Members of Congress introduce and support legislation requiring that transgender service members be allowed to serve openly in the military.

Passed unanimously by the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus August 19, 2017

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses Annette Taddeo

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has announced their endorsement of Annette Taddeo for State Senate, District 40. The endorsement letters can be viewed at the following link:

August Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 6:30pm. This month’s special guest is Carla Laroche, Criminal Justice Reform Law Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center.

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!

2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference, including the 3rd Annual Leadership Gala. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded Democrats from all over Florida, as well as elected leaders from federal, state, and local levels of government, including appearances by all three of Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

August 18 – 20, 2017
Hotel Duval
415 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tentative Schedule
Friday, August 18th, 2017

Cocktails & Social: Time TBD (included in registration)
Location TBD

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Membership Meeting: Time TBD (breakfast and lunch included in registration)
Conference Sessions: Time TBD (included in registration)
Leadership Gala: Time TBD (requires ticket, not included in conference registration)
Hotel Duval

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Farewell Breakfast: Time TBD (not included in conference registration)
Location TBD

Conference Registration
Click here to register for the conference and pay conference fees online.

Gala Tickets
Ticket sales will be open soon.

Hotel Information
A special rate of $159/night has been established for conference and gala attendees. Reservations must be made by August 11th, 2017. Click this link to make your reservation online.

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

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.”

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!

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