September Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 6:30pm. Unfortunately, Loranne Ausley has had to cancel her appearance due to a conflict. We will instead discuss and review our endorsement plan for the General Election.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 1940 North Monroe 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

Special Membership Meeting Notice: September 29, 2016

Caucus President Terry Fleming has called a Special Membership Meeting to be held via telephone conference call on Thursday, September 29, 2016, beginning at 8:00pm. The purpose of the call is to consider Caucus endorsements. All members are encouraged to participate.

To connect, dial 218-936-0324 and enter conference code 37825489.

Why LGBT Floridians MUST Elect Hillary Clinton!

Hillary Clinton today gave a speech highlighting how Donald Trump’s is built upon hatred and bullying. Here is an excerpt.

Donald Trump’s campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. He’s questioned the citizenship of the first African American president, he has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, he’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and he’s promised a mass “deportation force.” He has helped an ugly, radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties and get within reach of the most powerful office in the world. Throughout this campaign, he’s shown us exactly who he is and what he stands for. We believe him.

Here’s a video of his new campaign “leadership”.


  • Donald Trump opposes marriage equality.
  • Trump has suggested as president he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks had a history of anti-LGBT positions.
  • Trump supported “religious freedom” laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans.
  • Trump would rescind the directives protecting transgender people from discrimination, arguing they were just a “tiny, tiny portion” of the population.
  • Trump supports North Carolina’s hateful HB2 law barring people from using restrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
  • Trump’s religious advisory board contains a number of anti-LGBT activists.

Last Early Vote Weekend

Due to expected inclement weather across the state on Primary Election Day next Tuesday, August 30, the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus urges its members, supporters and friends across the State of Florida to make sure that if they have not voted yet, to do so this weekend.

All Early Voting times & locations can be found here.  Thank you to our partners at Equality Florida for the link to this page!

Open Letter From Florida LGBT Leaders Calling on Marco Rubio to Not Attend Anti-LGBT Rally

Dear Senator Rubio,

Two months ago, the single largest mass shooting in American history occurred in Orlando, targeting the LGBT and Latinx community. LGBT Americans have overcome unimaginable obstacles in their fight for equal rights in this country, and the immense weight of this tragedy will have a profound impact.

In response to the Pulse attack, you focused on how to launch your reelection campaign rather than how you could help your LGBT constituents and their families. Now, as the two month anniversary of the tragedy approaches, you’ve chosen to commemorate the date by speaking at an Orlando rally that opposes equal rights for LGBT Americans.

Senator Rubio, your presence as a guest of honor at a conference featuring vehemently anti-LGBT organizations and speakers legitimizes their discriminatory efforts to deny equal rights to all Americans. Your decision to stand with those who would deny us equality after refusing to stand with your LGBT constituents adds insult to injury.

In the wake of the Pulse shooting, the need for more love, tolerance, and inclusion has never been greater. Your choice to return to Orlando and lend your voice to those who stoke fear and division is unacceptable.

As your constituents and members of Florida’s LGBT community, we urge you to act in the best interest of all Floridians and not attend this rally.


Terry Fleming, President of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Vivian Rodriguez, President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida
Carlos Guillermo Smith, former Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chair
Darden Rice, Vice Chair, St. Petersburg City Council

August Membership Meeting with Tallahassee City Commission Candidates

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 6:30pm. Our guest speakers include Luther Lee, Scott Maddox, and Bruce Strouble, candidates for Tallahassee City Commission, Seat 1, and Curtis Richardson, candidate for Tallahassee City Commission, Seat 2. Come join the fun and learn more about these important offices.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 1940 North Monroe 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!


Judicial Candidates Night with Monique Richardson and Layne Smith

Capital Equality, in partnership with The Family Tree LGBT Community Center, will be hosting a non-partisan Judicial Candidates event featuring Monique Richardson and Layne Smith, candidates for Leon County Judge, Seat 2.

The event will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Grab a friend, a slice of pizza, and join us for casual conversation and an opportunity to learn more about these candidates and the role of a Leon County Judge.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorsements

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is proud to announce the following endorsements:

  • President – Hillary Clinton
  • Congress – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, District 23
  • Congress – Bob Poe, District 10
  • State House – Carlos Guillermo Smith, District 49
  • State House – Beth Tuura, District 47

Hillary Clinton has demonstrated not just support for the LGBT community, but a willingness to fight for equality. While in the Senate, she consistently supported legislation to prohibit discrimination, fight against hate crimes and to allow for LGBT individuals to serve their country openly.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been a consistent voice for equality in the US House, championing legislation to enhance the rights of LGBT individuals everywhere. She has consistently supported the Caucus and we thank her for that.

Bob Poe is not only running to be the first openly LGBT Congressman from Florida, but also would make history as the first HIV-positive member. We applaud him for his efforts to reduce the stigma that has come with that status.

Carlos Guillermo Smith is no stranger to the Florida Legislature, having served as the legislative aide to former State Rep Joe Saunders. He would be the first openly LGBT Latino member of the State House.

Beth Tuura would be the first openly lesbian member of the State House, a much needed voice in the legislature.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Welcomes Gala Keynote Speakers

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is thrilled to announce that joining us for our 2016 Leadership Gala in Fort Lauderdale will be keynote speakers Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY & Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook as well as guest speaker DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Congressman Maloney was elected to represent New York’s 18th Congressional District in 2012 and reelected in 2014. He is the first openly LGBT member of Congress from New York. He is the co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Robby Mook is the first openly LGBT campaign manager of a major presidential campaign. His efforts have made Hillary Clinton the first woman to become the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. His other successes include managing the successful reelection campaign of US Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and election of Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.

Precinct Committeemen & Committeewomen Filing Deadline & Election

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus would like to remind everyone that the deadline for filing to run for Precinct Committeemen & Committeewomen for the Democratic Party is this Friday, June 24, at noon.  You can find the form to file here, get it notarized and then take it to your county’s Supervisor of Elections to file.  Your name will appear on the Aug 30 primary ballot in your precinct.  The winners will be electing county party leadership in December.

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