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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Commissioner Nikki Fried to Keynote Summer Leadership Dinner

US Rep. Kathy Castor, State Rep. Jennifer Webb, Other Elected Officials and Democratic Leaders Slated Throughout the Conference Weekend
Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future 
July 19-21, Tampa
TAMPA – Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, will deliver the Florida Keynote Address at the Leadership Dinner of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus’ Summer Conference. The conference, Defining and Defending Our LGBTQ Future, is July 19-21 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
“Our Summer Conference program takes a look at where Florida’s LGBTQ community stands now, to review what’s working and determine where we need to focus our efforts to continue to secure our civil rights,” said Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “The timing is more important than ever, in this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riot that is seen as the start of the modern gay rights movement, and with an administration in Washington hostile to the LGBTQ community.”
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.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
On-site registration begins 5:30pm.
WELCOME RECEPTION
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Special Guest: US Rep. Kathy Castor
SATURDAY, JULY 20**
**Program in development and will be updated frequently
8:00am Continental Breakfast
9am to Noon 
MORNING SESSION
Welcome Session featuring Tampa officials including Stephen Gaskill, Caucus President; Dave Cutler, President, Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus; Les Miller, Chair, Hillsborough County Commission; Luis Viera, Chair, Tampa City Council; and Ione Townsend, Chair, Hillsborough Democratic Party
Why and How LGBTQ Candidates Should Run
State Rep. Jennifer Webb
Pamela Goodman, President and CEO, Ruth’s List
Sean Meloy, Political Director, Victory Fund
LGBTQ Delegate Selection for 2020
Parliamentarian Rick Boylan and Past President Terry Fleming
What’s Your Privilege
Vice President Nik Harris
Noon to 1pm
LUNCH PANEL: Organizing the Tampa Bay LGBTQ Region featuring 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; and Dave Jones, Region 3 Director, for Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Polk County
1pm to 3pm
AFTERNOON SESSION
Panel: Hate Crimes in the LGBTQ Community
Moderator: Kevin Beckner, former Hillsborough County Commissioner
Speakers: Protecting Our Vote
Brandon Peters, Director, FDP Voter Protection Project

Daniel Tilley, Legal Director, ACLU on Amendment 4 Implementation

3:15pm 
MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Caucus Business and Updates
Director Reports
Vote on Bylaws Updates
5pm 
ADJOURN
6:30pm 
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
7:30pm 
LEADERSHIP DINNER
Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Florida Keynote: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried
SUNDAY, JULY 21
FAREWELL BRUNCH
10am to Noon
Location Pending

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party This Week

The first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27, in Miami, Florida! You can join fellow Democrats for a DEBATE WATCH PARTY in Tallahassee at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 1208 Capital Circle SE, beginning at 8:30pm on each debate night.

The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday, June 26:

  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday, June 27:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado

This event is hosted by the Leon County Democratic Party and the Democratic Club of North Florida. There is no cost to attend. Register Online >

It’s Election Day in House District 7!

If you’re a voter in Florida’s House District 7, today is Election Day! Democrat Ryan Terrell needs your vote to win! Ryan has been endorsed by Capital Equality and the Equality Florida Action PAC. Polls are open until 7pm this evening. For more information, including polling locations, visit LeonVotes.org.

Phone bankers are needed all day today to help ensure voters are informed and get out to vote! To sign up for a phone banking shift, visit this link.

Statement of LGBTA Democrats on Trump Reelection Kickoff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2019
Florida LGBTA Democrats Call Out President Trump’s Horrific Anti-LGBTQ Record

Orlando, FL – Coming off the heels of a homophobic “Make America Straight Again” conference where an anti-LGBTQ pastor wished “every homo would die” and where event organizers prayed for violence, President Trump is kicking off his reelection campaign campaign tonight. Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement in response to the rally:
“During Pride Month, President Trump has attempted to rainbow-wash his record but LGBTQ+ Americans and their allies see right through his divisive rhetoric and discriminatory policies. Whether it’s banning patriotic transgender Americans from serving in the military, making it harder for LGBTQ families to adopt, or allowing healthcare providers to withhold treatment from LGBTQ patients, he has repeatedly attacked our community.

“We cannot afford another term of a hate-filled presidency. Fortunately, Democrats are offering thoughtful, positive visions for cleaning up and moving us beyond this morass. We must remain focused on those plans, because they bolster and support all working families, provide real relief for overburdened Floridians, and underscore the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect.”
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CAUCUS STATEMENT ON PULSE ANNIVERSARY

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS 
STATEMENT ON PULSE ANNIVERSARY
 
Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the anniversary of the massacre at Pulse Nightclub:
“Three years ago a man filled with hate decimated our community. His rage tore through Orlando’s LGBTQ safe space at Pulse, and left a lasting scar that is still healing today. Since then, deaths due to senseless gun violence have risen, as have attacks on the LGBTQ community. It’s exhausting to have to fight every day, and yet that is the only way to honor the 49 lives lost at Pulse. So today, we remember, we reflect, and we recommit to continue our work for the 49 victims of Pulse, and for all LGBTQ people who feel vulnerable, left behind, or left out as we strive to achieve full equality.”

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS 
STATEMENT ON PRIDE MONTH
 
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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