2022 Summer Conference: Without You We Lose!

The 2022 Summer Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus at The Westin Fort Lauderdale is coming soon! “Without You We Lose!” runs Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24. The in-person event with a virtual livestream option brings together activists, allies, advocates, candidates, elected officials and policymakers for a weekend of planning to turn Florida blue in 2022.

Why does this matter? Because without you we lose!

The Westin Fort Lauderdale (400 Corporate Drive Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334) is a spacious venue to allow for ample social distancing with COVID-19 protocols in place during all portions of the programming. The conference is open to all registered Democrats.

Registration and Tickets

Conference: Registration for in-person and virtual attendance is $35 until July 2 and $45 on July 3.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception: Tickets for our premiere event for in-person and virtual attendance are $125 until July 2 and $150 on July 3.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Sunday Farewell Drag Brunch: Tickets are $50 until July 2 and $60 on July 3.
Click here to register for in-person attendance.

Membership Meeting: There is no charge to register for the Membership Meeting.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Our membership meeting is open to all registered Democrats, although only active caucus members may vote. Click here to renew your caucus membership for 2022.

*All registration fees and tickets are non-refundable.

Sponsorships

Click here to review our conference sponsor opportunities.

Hotel Reservations

The Westin Fort Lauderdale is offering a discounted room rate of $109/night for a limited number of rooms. The last day to reserve in the caucus’ room block is July 2, and rooms are first come, first served. Click here to book your room.

LGBTQ+ Democrats Statement on Bans Off Our Bodies Rallies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2022

DELRAY BEACH, FL – Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rallies happening across Florida and around the country on May 14:

“Today, Floridians across the state will make their voices heard in support of the right for women to make their own health care decisions. This right to privacy is enshrined in the US Constitution, and is fundamental to our democracy. If Roe v Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court, other key rulings are in doubt, especially those expanding rights for LGBTQ+ Americans. Never before in our history have we restricted rights that have been fought for and won, and this risky precedent will endanger lives and cause irreparable harm to our country. We are marching today for the right to control our own destiny. This is what America is all about.”

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May Virtual Meeting with Local Candidates Caroline Klancke and Shelby Green

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus for a Virtual Meeting featuring Caroline Klancke, candidate for Leon County Commission District 5, and Shelby Green, candidate for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 5.

Log on to Zoom and join us to learn more about these local candidates.

The event will stream live on Zoom on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm, and is open to all Democrats.

Registration in advance is required.

April Virtual Meeting with Local Candidates David O’Keefe and Adner Marcelin

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus for a Virtual Meeting featuring David O’Keefe, candidate for Leon County Commission District 5, and Adner Marcelin, candidate for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 5.

Log on to Zoom and join us to learn more about these local candidates.

The event will stream live on Zoom on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm, and is open to all Democrats.

Registration in advance is required.

Ron DeSantis’ Shameful Bigotry is on Full Display with Signing of Heinous Don’t Say Gay Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2022

SPRING HILL, FL – Ron DeSantis rushed to sign the heinous Don’t Say Gay bill (HB 1557) today at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, even though the Florida legislature had not even sent over the legislation as of last night. Adding insult to injury, DeSantis chose to sign the bill at a charter school that may not even be bound by the vaguely worded legislation.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the bill signing:

“It’s clear where Ron DeSantis’ priorities are. Of all the challenges Florida is facing and bills passed during the legislative session, he jumped at the opportunity to demonize LGBTQ+ Floridians. His shameful bigotry is cynically designed for partisan gain and authoritarian rule at the expense of LGBTQ+ students, educators, and families. It’s not a political game though when lives are on the line.”

Caucus Legislative Director Nathan Bruemmer issued the following statement on the bill’s impact:

“Dedicated LGBTQ+ teachers must hide who they are or risk losing their career. Students with LGBTQ+ parents and siblings won’t be able to talk about their families. We will lose more LGBTQ+ youth to suicide and hate crimes against LGBTQ+ Floridians will increase. These tragedies will be on DeSantis’ hands. Florida’s LGBTQ+ community is sending him a loud and clear message: we will not be erased, and we will fight his hate-filled attacks on us with everything we have.”

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LGBTQ+ Democrats Thank the Democratic Party Community for its Commitment to Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2022

Florida Democratic Party Announces New Arrangements for Leadership Blue Weekend

ORLANDO, FL – Tonight, the Florida Democratic Party announced that it will seek new arrangements for its annual fundraising gala and organizing event.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the Leadership Blue announcement:

“Thank you to everyone who reached out to the Florida Democratic Party to support the LGBTQ+ community. We heard from elected officials, candidates, party members, Caucus presidents, and voters, who all are committed to equality. While it may seem like a family squabble that spilled into the street, this situation underscores that the many groups, organizations and individuals that make up the FDP can pull together when the cause is right. We appreciate FDP’s willingness to listen and change course, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership aimed at turning Florida blue in 2022.”

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Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Will Skip the 2022 Leadership Blue Weekend

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2022

Florida Democratic Party Schedules Annual Fundraising Event at a Disney Property During Pride Month

ORLANDO, FL – Just weeks after the Don’t Say Gay bill passed, the Florida Democratic Party announced yesterday that Leadership Blue, its annual fundraising gala and party organizing event, will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on June 17-19, 2022 in Orlando.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the Leadership Blue time and location:

“Scheduling Leadership Blue at Disney during Pride Month this year is nothing but tone deaf. To put it another way: FDP — read the room.

“The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus will not support Leadership Blue this year, and we will not participate. We call on Florida’s elected officials and candidates — nearly all of whom routinely pledge to stand with the LGBTQ+ community — to skip this year’s event as well.

“We appreciate that Disney is facing the problem it created by not publicly opposing the Don’t Say Gay bill. But facing the problem isn’t fixing the problem. There is still a long way to go for Disney to earn back the trust and loyalty of its LGBTQ+ employees and guests. We are prepared to work with them to do that.”

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LGBTQ+ Democrats Statement on Senate Passage of “Don’t Say Gay”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On a 22-17 vote, the Florida Senate joined the Florida House in passing HB 1557, the dangerous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that blocks teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people and undermines existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the bill’s Senate passage:

“The Florida Senate joined the Florida House in passing the hateful Don’t Say Gay bill aimed at erasing LGBTQ+ children, educators, and families from schools. It is abundantly clear from the debate that proponents of the bill — even the bill’s sponsor — were unclear on the specifics of the legislation. But while they were unconcerned about the impact on students, they were united in their goal of enacting this unnecessary and harmful bill. The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, our partner organizations, and our allies remain firm in continuing to fight for our LGBTQ+ youth. We urge Governor DeSantis to end the virtue signaling of his reelection campaign and veto this bill.”

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Capital Equality: Paula DeBoles-Johnson

February Virtual Meeting with Local Candidate Paula DeBoles-Johnson

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus for a Virtual Meeting featuring Paula DeBoles-Johnson, candidate for Leon County Commission District 5.

Log on to Zoom and join us to learn more about this local candidate. The event will stream live on Zoom on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm, and is open to all Democrats.

Registration in advance is required.

LGBTQ+ Democrats Statement on “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Passage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On a 69-47 vote, the Florida House of Representatives has passed HB 1557, the dangerous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that blocks teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people and undermines existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools. The Senate version (SB 1834) will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday.

Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the bill’s passage:

“Just when we thought Florida Republicans couldn’t be anymore shameful, their despicable campaign to erase the LGBTQ+ community from public life continues. House passage of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is the latest in a series of heinous attacks on vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth. Republicans don’t seem to care about the harm they are inflicting by using LGBTQ+ youth as political pawns. Our community will hold them accountable for this abuse at the ballot box in November.”

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