PRESIDENT TRUMP: STRAIGHT, WHITE MEN ONLY

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming:

“There can be no more pretense: President Trump is racist. In both words and actions, he’s made clear where he stands on the issues of diversity and equality. He’s against them.

“His latest incendiary, divisive outburst is just one more example, and underscores America’s shrinking leadership on the world stage and the rising white nationalist sentiments here at home – a core part of his political base.

“Florida is among the most diverse states in the country; our residents speak hundreds of languages. We have taken in refugees from Haiti, as well as our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico. Florida, like the United States as a whole, is stronger because of our diversity.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus takes the president’s words at face value – we know where he stands, so we know where we stand. He has in the past attacked LGBT Americans, and we know we’ll be in his spotlight again. Still, we will not be distracted from our mission and our efforts to ensure equality for all Floridians.”

2018 Lobby Days

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting the 3rd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee on January 29-30, 2018! Join LGBT and supportive leaders and activists from across the state as we work to defeat a number of discriminatory bills while encouraging support for a statewide non-discrimination policy.

Monday, January 29th

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
With Susan Smith, President, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am, Check-In: 9:30am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative David Richardson
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Capitol Tour
Time: 1:00pm

Lobby Days Training
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Tuesday, January 30th

Supreme Court Tour
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Please meet in front of Supreme Court building, directly behind Florida Capitol, promptly at 9:00am.

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative Sean Shaw
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Appointments
Time: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Florida House and Senate

Debrief
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Click this link to register for Lobby Days!

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

We are still looking for a host hotel for Caucus Lobby Days. We will send that information when it is available. Meanwhile, feel free to book your favorite lodging as there will not be any official events or gatherings at the host hotel.

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

2018 Lobby Days

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting the 3rd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee on January 29-30, 2018! Join LGBT and supportive leaders and activists from across the state as we work to defeat a number of discriminatory bills while encouraging support for a statewide non-discrimination policy.

Monday, January 29th

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
With Susan Smith, President, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am, Check-In: 9:30am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative David Richardson
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Capitol Tour
Time: 1:00pm

Lobby Days Training
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Tuesday, January 30th

Supreme Court Tour
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Please meet in front of Supreme Court building, directly behind Florida Capitol, promptly at 9:00am.

Lunch
Sponsored by State Representative Sean Shaw
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Appointments
Time: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Florida House and Senate

Debrief
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Click this link to register for Lobby Days!

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

We are still looking for a host hotel for Caucus Lobby Days. We will send that information when it is available. Meanwhile, feel free to book your favorite lodging as there will not be any official events or gatherings at the host hotel.

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

January Membership Meeting with PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 6:00pm. Our special guest is PFLAG Tallahassee’s Chris Sands. Join us at 6:00pm to order dinner on your own. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

The membership meeting will be held at Jasmine Cafe, 109 E. College Avenue, 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 Democratic Caucus Lobby Days

January 29-30, 2018
The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus invites you to participate with us in our upcoming Lobby Days. Event registration can be found here.  Additional information, such as agenda and hotel, will be provided soon! We look forward to seeing you!

LGBTA Democratic Caucus Statement on World AIDS Day

Today we commemorate those who have lost their lives to AIDS, a disease that knows no geographic or demographic boundaries. AIDS impacts every community around the globe in some way or another, and we remain optimistic that life-saving drugs are getting to those who need them, even in the most remote corners of the world.

The LGBT community has been in the forefront fighting for visibility, treatment, and equity in research dollars since AIDS was first reported in the 1980s. We fostered a global effort that continues today.

We have every expectation that one day we will eradicate this disease. We mustn’t stop talking about AIDS. We mustn’t turn away our focus, nor slow down our efforts to end AIDS and comfort those living with it. Our success will be tied to the strength of our vigilance. That’s our challenge.

November Membership Meeting with Superintendent Rocky Hanna

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 6:30pm. Our special guest is Leon County Superintendent of Schools Rocky Hanna.

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!

October Membership Meeting with State Attorney Jack Campbell

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 6:30pm. We’ll be continuing our discussion on DIRECT FILE, a statutory provision that allows prosecutors to choose whether a case will be heard in juvenile or adult court, and the impact this has on Florida’s youth. This month’s special guests include State Attorney Jack Campbell and Victor Williams of the 2nd Circuit Public Defender’s Office.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Capital Equality Democratic Caucus Statement on Leon County Schools Handling of a Teacher Requesting to be Addressed with Gender-Neutral Title

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is disappointed in how Leon County Schools and Superintendent Rocky Hanna have handled the issue of a teacher’s request to be addressed by a gender-neutral title and pronouns. The school district had an opportunity to demonstrate one of their core values – compassion and respect – and failed to do so.

We hope that the resolution that has been reached is appeasing to all parties, and that the teacher was not in any way pressured to accept a transfer as an alternative to punishment or termination. It would be a poor example for students, teachers, and staff if Leon County Schools violated their own nondiscrimination policy which enumerates protection from discrimination on the basis of “sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming and gender identity).”

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.

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