FL LGBTQ Dems React to Supreme Court Workplace Discrimination Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2019

 

UNCERTAINTY OF SUPREME COURT CASES SHOWS WHY LGBTQ FLORIDIANS AND ALLIES MUST KEEP FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY

 

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases that will determine whether or not LGBTQ Americans are protected in the workplace. These cases are especially important for Florida, one of 26 states where there are no statewide protections for people who face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If the Florida Legislature passes the Competitive Workforce Act in the 2020 session, nearly 1 million residents who identify as LGBTQ will be protected.

 

Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the cases being heard:

 

“It’s completely unacceptable that nearly one million Floridians can lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. While we can be hopeful that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing, we can’t count on it. LGBTQ Floridians and our allies must keep up the fight for equality by advocating for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, electing equality-minded Democrats up and down the ballot, and informing voters about politicians who stand in the way of full equality.”

 

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Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention

Are you going to the Florida Democratic Party State Convention? Join us at our caucus business meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to discuss our plans for 2020, hear from Democratic elected officials, and more!
We only have a few seats left at the Caucus table for the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday night. Purchase your ticket today before we sell out at the discounted price of $170.
Be on the lookout for more details as the State Convention gets closer!
The Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention is coming up!
The Convention will be held October 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Will you be there?
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus will hold a business meeting during the Convention. Stay tuned for details on the time and location.
If you’d like to attend the “Fighting for Florida” Gala Dinner on Saturday and sit at the Caucus’ table, you can purchase a ticket for $170. We have a limited number of seats at this discounted price.
For more information about the convention, visit the Florida Democratic Party website.
We hope to see you there!
Stephen Gaskill
President

FL LGBTQ Dems Call for Immediate Impeachment Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS RENEWS ITS CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP

DELRAY BEACH FL – In May, the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus called on the U.S. House to begin impeachment proceedings to hold President Trump accountable for the findings of Independent Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Over the past week, we have learned that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine and repeatedly pressured their President to conduct a sham investigation that would benefit Trump politically. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement calling on Florida’s Congressional Delegation to support impeachment proceedings now:

“President Trump’s conduct around Ukraine is a textbook example of a corrupt abuse of power – soliciting assistance from a foreign government to win an election, all the while jeopardizing our national security in the process. For good reason, the U.S. Constitution specifically calls out treason and bribery as impeachable offenses. There is only one path forward and that is holding the President accountable with immediate impeachment proceedings. Every member of Florida’s Congressional Delegation should live up to their constitutional duties and join the call for impeachment.”

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How to Help the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

MONETARY DONATIONS

American Red Cross

National Association of the Bahamas

Operation Helping Hands

Beware of scams and fake charities. To check a charity’s status, use the Check-a-Charity tool, or call 800-HELP-FLA.

DONATE SUPPLIES

There are drop off locations for supplies active across the state. Below we have listed locations in Orange, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Did we miss one? Shoot us a note with details at communications@floridalgbtademocrats.org.

Orlando/Orange County

Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

 

Tally 100% Together Coalition

Capital Equality: Climate Change with Tally 100% Together

The September meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will feature Lauren Corey of ReThink Energy Florida discussing the current environmental sustainability goals of the Tally 100% Together Coalition.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6:30pm at GreenWise Market, 625 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, in the upstairs meeting space and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

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 >

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