Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus today remembers all those in Florida and across the country who were murdered simply because they lived openly and honestly as transgender individuals.

With the recent rise is transphobia, we are committed to helping ensure the safety and equality of all Floridians, regardless of gender identity and expression.

We urge all our members, friends and supporters to reach out to their transgender family and friends to let them know that you are thinking of them and love them.

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Leon County Wins Big Despite National Election Disaster

On this day after election day, we still have life in our bodies, and we still have hope. Congratulations to the following Caucus-endorsed candidates who won their races last night:

  • Al Lawson for Representative in Congress, District 5
  • Bill Montford for State Senator, District 3 *
  • Loranne Ausley for State Representative, District 9 *
  • Akin Akinyemi for Leon County Property Appraiser *ǂ
  • Mary Ann Lindley for Leon County Commissioner At Large, Group 1 *
  • Tabitha Frazier for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 3 *

* Denotes candidate dually-endorsed by Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
ǂ Denotes active member of Capital Equality

Our wins didn’t stop there! Congratulations to these Democrats who also won their races last night:

  • Jack Campbell for State Attorney, Circuit 2
  • Ramon Alexander for State Representative, District 8
  • Gwen Marshall for Leon County Clerk of Court
  • Walt McNeil for Leon County Sheriff
  • Doris Maloy for Leon County Tax Collector
  • Mark S. Earley for Leon County Supervisor of Elections
  • Jimbo Jackson for Leon County Commissioner, District 2
  • Lorin Pratt for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 1

We also defeated an anti-solar amendment and brought medical marijuana to those who desperately need it.

These wins represent local offices that have direct impacts on our lives and contribute directly to the quality of life we enjoy in Tallahassee and Leon County.

As we prepare to watch Secretary Hillary Clinton take the stage to concede the presidential race to Donald Trump and his anti-LGBT administration, we must clear away the fear and anger in our hearts and work towards doubling-down on our efforts in the fight for equality. Equality is not an optional quality in these United States of America.

Join us in the fight, commit to the cause, and be prepared to unite as we march ahead. Go Democrats!

Endorsements

Capital Equality Announces General Election Candidate Endorsements

On October 12, 2016, members of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus voted to endorse the following candidates appearing on the General Election ballot on November 8th:

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton and Timothy Michael Kaine for President and Vice President
  • Patrick Murphy for United States Senator
  • Walter Dartland for Representative in Congress, District 2
  • Al Lawson for Representative in Congress, District 5
  • Bill Montford for State Senator, District 3 *
  • Loranne Ausley for State Representative, District 9 *
  • Akin Akinyemi for Leon County Property Appraiser *ǂ
  • Jackie Pons for Leon County Superintendent of Schools *
  • Mary Ann Lindley for Leon County Commissioner At Large, Group 1 *
  • Tabitha Frazier for Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District 3 *

* Denotes candidate dually-endorsed by Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
ǂ Denotes active member of Capital Equality

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Floridians must continue to live in fear as Florida has failed to provide adequate protections under the law,” stated Capital Equality President Andy Janecek. “We must continue to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot to ensure that all Floridians have an opportunity live their lives free of discrimination.”

The mission of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is to foster good will between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) members of the Democratic Party and the community at large. The organization seeks individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens. For more information about the organization, visit www.capitalequality.org.

Endorsements

October Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held onWednesday, October 12, 2016, at 6:30pm. This is one of our most important meetings of the year as we will be discussing (and approving) our endorsements for the November general election!

The membership meeting will be held outdoors at Krewe de Gras, 1304 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!

General Election Candidate Endorsements

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is a chartered chapter of the Florida Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) Democratic Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party. We are united in a common purpose to strengthen and further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, which recognizes and promotes diversity, good will, and respect for all members of the community.

The Caucus may endorse and support Democratic candidates, in accordance with our bylaws, who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the organization and who support equality for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The endorsement process for the 2016 general election has begun. Candidates desiring to be considered for endorsement by the Caucus must complete the candidate questionnaire linked below by no later than Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

https://goo.gl/forms/1OZCnnDpJnTbIfU12

Should you have any questions, please contact Caucus President Andy Janecek at andy@capitalequality.org.

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”.

TRUMP ON LGBT AMERICANS:

  • 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.

Signed,

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

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