Al Jacquet apologizes after using anti-gay slur

Jacquet used the slur against Lake Worth Beach Commissioner Omari Hardy.

Joe Biden Leads Survey of Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Activists on Presidential Race

March 7, 2020
84% Support Biden, 7% Support Sanders
ORLANDO, FL – At All in to Win in 2020: The Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, a survey of caucus membership was conducted on the presidential race. Joe Biden received support from 84% of the caucus membership, Bernie Sanders received 7% support, Elizabeth Warren received 7%, and Pete Buttigieg received 2%. This survey is not an official endorsement of the caucus.
Dr. Jill Biden is a special guest speaker at the Leadership Dinner this evening, and during the lunch session today, conference attendees heard from award-winning actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on behalf of Bernie Sanders.
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the survey:
“Our community’s rights and lives are on the line in this election with the Trump Administration targeting us from day one. LGBTQ+ Democratic activists in Florida are energized and ready to work hard for whomever becomes the Democratic nominee.”
The 2020 Winter Conference is held in Orlando, the middle of the I-4 corridor that decides statewide elections in Florida, one day before President Trump holds a high dollar fundraiser in the area and nine days before the Florida Presidential Preference Primary.
The Winter Conference brings together more than 150 LGBTQ+ activists and allies from around Florida; federal, state and local elected officials; Democratic Party officials; and subject matter experts to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and underscore the importance of winning in 2020.
Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo spoke at the opening breakfast to kick off the Conference program. Award-winning actress, New York gubernatorial candidate, and Bernie Sanders surrogate Cynthia Nixon and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan headlined the lunch session. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith provided a Tallahassee Legislative Update during the afternoon session.
House Impeachment Manager and U.S. Representative Val Demings will deliver the Congressional Keynote at the Leadership Dinner. The dinner will also feature special guest Dr. Jill Biden.
Caucus membership will also tour the newly opened Pulse Memorial.

2020 Winter Conference Leadership Dinner

The highlight of the 2020 Winter Conference, our Leadership Dinner, will be held March 7 at 7:30 PM at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside Hotel (7499 Augusta National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822).

House Impeachment Manager and U.S. Representative Val Demings will deliver the Congressional Keynote at the Leadership Dinner. We’re also excited to hear from special guest Dr. Jill Biden!

Tickets are required even if you are attending and have registered for the Winter Conference. Tickets are $90 through March 5; then $100 during the conference. Use the form below to purchase your tickets to the 2020 Leadership Dinner. After completing this form, you will be redirected to a PayPal button to pay for your ticket(s).*All registrations and tickets are non-refundable.*

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Dr. Jill Biden to speak at the Leadership Dinner

Dr. Jill Biden will speak at our Leadership Dinner on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign.

Raquel Willis will represent Elizabeth Warren at the Winter Conference

Our Leadership Dinner speakers will include Executive Editor of Out Magazine and founder of Black Trans Circles Raquel Willis representing the Elizabeth Warren campaign!

Bernie Sanders surrogate Cynthia Nixon speaking at our Winter Conference

We’re excited to announce that former actress, previous New York gubernatorial candidate, and Senator Bernie Sanders supporter Cynthia Nixon will address the lunch session of our Winter Conference, All In to Win In 2020!

Use the form below to purchase your ticket to hear Cynthia Nixon speak during the lunch session of our 2020 Winter Conference on Saturday, March 7 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside Hotel.

Lunch is not included with the $10 advance ticket. If you'd like to eat lunch, please register for the Winter Conference instead.

After completing this form, you will be redirected to a PayPal button to pay for your ticket(s).

*All registrations and tickets are non-refundable.

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LGBTQ Dems Mourn the Loss of Mayor Justin Flippen


February 25, 2020
WILTON MANORS, FL – Mayor Justin Flippen suffered a major heart attack and died this evening. He was a city commissioner and mayor in Wilton Manors, serving as mayor of Florida’s first-LGBTQ city commission. He was a past president of the Dolphin Democrats, the Broward county chapter of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus.

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the news of Mayor Flippen’s death:

“We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of our dear friend, Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen. He was a charismatic and dynamic leader, full of energy and facing a future of unlimited potential. From his time with the Broward Young Democrats and the Dolphin Democrats, through his tenure as an elected official, Justin retained his optimistic outlook.

“Justin was a lifelong LGBTQ activist and effective leader who found his calling in public service, most recently serving as mayor of the first all-LGBTQ city commission in Florida. He will be missed by so many people whose lives he touched, and his legacy will live on forever. The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus sends our condolences to Justin’s family, his constituents and colleagues.”
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Val Demings Addressing Our 2020 Leadership Dinner

We’re excited to announce that House Impeachment Manager and US Representative Val Demings will provide the Congressional Keynote Address at the Leadership Dinner at our Winter Conference, All In to Win In 2020!

Rep. Demings is a strong LGBTQ advocate who has served Florida’s 10th District since 2017 and was the Orlando Police Chief prior to her election to Congress. She has been at the forefront of holding Donald Trump accountable, earning a national reputation as one of the Impeachment Managers during the Senate trial. We’re thrilled that she will be joining us, ready to energize the LGBTQ community at this important time.

The Leadership Dinner will be held Saturday, March 7 (7:30 p.m.) at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Click her to purchase your dinner ticket(s). A few more conference updates:

This is the one of our biggest events during the most important election of our lifetimes. We’re All In to Win In 2020 and can’t wait to see you there!

Statement on Rep. Al Jacquet’s Use of Anti-Gay Slur

February 18, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, FL – State Rep. Al Jacquet (district 88) posted a video on Facebook in which he used an anti-gay slur to describe his opponentStephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:
“State Rep. Jacquet should know better. Language matters, and has a real world impact. Rep. Jacquet needs to apologize to Florida’s LGBTQ community for using an anti-gay slur intended to demean a large segment of his Palm Beach County constituents.

“The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is in Tallahassee for our annual Lobby Days, and we encourage him to meet with us while we’re here. Or he could meet with our Palm Beach County chapter, the Rusty Gordon LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, right there at home. Rep. Jacquet needs to hear directly that anti-gay language is never acceptable.”
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All In to Win In 2020 Program

All In to Win In 2020
Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus
Program Update #1

Our Winter Conference, All In to Win In 2020, is just around the corner! We’re excited to meet March 6-8 in Orlando! Following is our Program Update #1 and important registration information:

HOTEL: Our hotel reservation block has been extended to Friday, February 21. We negotiated a special rate of $149 per night, no resort fees, and reduced parking at the beautiful, newly-renovated Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside. Book directly with the hotel HERE.

REGISTRATION: Your registration fee of $40 covers the Welcome Reception on Friday night, and Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday, as well as materials and refreshments throughout the day. Our Leadership Dinner on Saturday night is a separately-ticketed event for $90. Prices for both registration and dinner go up on March 6. Register on our website HERE.

SPONSORSHIP: If you’d like to sponsor All In to Win In 2020, you can find that information HERE.

PROGRAM: As always, we’re putting together an interactive program discussing key issues for the LGBTQ+ community. You’ll hear from LGBTQ+ activists and allies, elected officials and candidates, and subject matter experts. We’ll also host a Membership Meeting requiring your votes on two important bylaws updates, and we’ll conduct a Presidential Straw Poll. And on Sunday, we’ll make a group visit to the Pulse Memorial.

Our program is still in development, so watch your email and social media for updates!



Registration begins at 5pm

Welcome Reception
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Sponsored by the Rainbow Democrats



Continental Breakfast

Breakfast Speaker To Be Announced Shortly

Morning Session


  • Stephen Gaskill, President, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus
  • Brandon Nelson, President, Rainbow Democrats
  • Wes Hodge, Orange County DEC Chair

Presentation: Forces Driving Discrimination in Florida Schools

  • Carol Cleaver, science teacher; Escambia Education Association Teacher’s Union; Vice President of the Emerald Coast Equality LGBTA Democratic Caucus

Panel Discussion: Florida’s Conversion Therapy Bans

  • Eric Rollings, leader of the Orange County ban effort
  • Heather Wilke, Zebra Coalition
  • Terry Fleming, leader of the Alachua County ban effort

Presentation: What Does That Mean? Non-Binary, Genderqueer and the New Language of the LGBTQ+ Movement

  • Reign Hervey, Caucus Director of Diversity and Inclusion


  • Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Afternoon Session

Speaker: Tallahassee Legislative Update

  • State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

Panel Discussion: HROs — How to Implement Them and Protect Them

Panel Discussion: Issues and Challenges for Florida’s Trans Community

  • Nathan Bruemmer, former Executive Director, ALSO Youth
  • Ricki Bauman, Assistant Secretary, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus
  • Gina Duncan, Director of Transgender Equality, Equality Florida

Speakers Session

  • Ben Johansen, Founder, Pulse Ribbon Project

Membership Meeting

  • Director Presentations
  • Bylaws Change Discussion and Vote
  • Presidential Straw Poll


6:30pm to 7:30pm
Cocktail Reception

Leadership Dinner


  • Stephen Gaskill, President
  • Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Chair
  • Speakers To Be Announced Shortly


10am to Noon
Farewell Brunch
Hammered Lamb
1235 N. Orange Ave.

Group Tour of Pulse Memorial
1912 S. Orange Ave.

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