Watch Live: 2021 Winter Conference

TOMORROW: Nikki Fried, Stephanie Murphy, Manny Diaz, and more at LGBTQ Dems Virtual Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2021

Virtual Conference to be held on March 6 from 10:30am ET – 1pm ET

DELRAY BEACH, FL – The 2021 Winter Conference brings together LGBTQ+ activists and allies from around Florida; federal, state and local elected officials; Democratic Party officials; and subject matter experts to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and lay the groundwork for 2022.

Feature speakers (in order of appearance) include:

  • Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz
  • Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried
  • Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Marcus Dixon
  • U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy
  • Duval County Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry

PANEL: The role of black women in Florida politics

  • Jasmen Rogers, Folding Chair Consulting
  • Kezia Gilyard, Kezia M. Gilyard, LLC
  • Alex Audate, QueerMigration Law
  • Jamecia Gray, Peak Power Strategies
  • State Representative Michele Rayner

PFLAG Executive Director Brian Bond

The virtual conference will be streamed live on the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Facebook page starting at 10:30am ET on Saturday, March 6, 2021. This event is open press, but media are requested to register here.

Following the conference, the caucus will hold its membership meeting and elect new officers. The membership meeting and election is closed to press.

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Virtual Meeting with Leon County Commissioner Carolyn Cummings

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus for a Virtual Meeting featuring one of Leon County’s newest commissioners, Carolyn Cummings!

Log on to Zoom and join us to hear more about Carolyn’s perspectives on issues important to residents of Leon County.

We’ll also be hearing from Eddie De La Vega, Director of Veteran Outreach for the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus.

The event will stream live on Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, beginning at 6:30pm, and is open to all Democrats.

Registration in advance is required. Please follow this link to register.

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Celebrates Passage of the Equality Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2021 DELRAY BEACH FL – Today, the US House of Representatives passed The Equality Act by a vote of 224 to 206. This landmark bipartisan legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories in a number of civil rights laws and ensure equality for LGBTQ+ Americans. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement: “The Equality Act ensures the LGBTQ+ community enjoys basic civil rights protections throughout the US, and bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These protections are long past overdue. The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus thanks those in the Florida congressional delegation who voted in support of our community and for their recognition that civil rights should not be up for debate. We hope that when the US Senate takes up the bill that Marco Rubio and Rick Scott will recognize the large number of LGBTQ+ Floridians who are watching. They may have a vote on our rights, but we have a vote on their jobs.”

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LGBTQ+ Dems Welcome Reintroduction of the Equality Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2021

DELRAY BEACH FL – The Equality Act was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives this afternoon. The landmark bipartisan legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories in a number of civil rights laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, among others. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement:

“LGBTQ Americans face discrimination everyday solely for who we are. The Equality Act is a simple but giant step that ends the patchwork system of equality measures our community faces across the country — and even across Florida. By amending key civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the Equality Act strengthens protections for everyone. The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus thanks our Florida congressional delegation for their support and advocacy on behalf of equality for all Americans.”

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Save the Date: 2021 Winter Conference

March 6, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM ET | Virtual Event Our 2021 Winter Conference is right around the corner and it will be a fully virtual event. Be on the lookout for more info on our lineup of exciting speakers and panels that will get us ready to support President Biden’s pro-equality agenda and kick off the important organizing work to gear up for the 2022 election in Florida.  

Virtual Meeting with Commissioner Brian Welch

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus for a Virtual Meeting featuring one of Leon County’s newest Commissioners, Brian Welch!

Log on to Zoom and join us to hear more about Brian’s perspectives on issues important to residents of Leon County.

The event will stream live on Zoom on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, beginning at 6:30pm, and is open to all Democrats.

Registration in advance is required. Please follow this link to register.

LGBTQ+ Dems Celebrate Florida Commission on Human Relations Victory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2021 DELRAY BEACH FL – The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) has announced its intent to investigate claims of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County. Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement: “Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal in Florida. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock was clear and unequivocal that the civil rights of the LGBTQ community are protected. Housing, employment and public accommodations are basic rights, and Floridians can no longer be denied due to discrimination and bigotry. This is a big step for ensuring everyone is included in Florida.”

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Congratulations to Our Newly Elected Directors!

On January 23-24, our members in nine regions across the state met virtually to elect a Regional Director, a Deputy Director, and an Alternate Director. Congratulations to our newly elected directors!
 
Region 1:
Regional Director: Jeff Nall, Escambia
Deputy Director: Mark Gillman, Escambia
 
Region 2:
Regional Director: Joshua Hicks, Duval
Deputy Director: Clifton Roby, Volusia
Alternate Director: Suzanne Raines, Volusia
 
Region 3:
Regional Director: Nathan Sharpe, Citrus
Deputy Director: Jocelyn Dickman, Pasco
Alternate Director: Jay Chetney, Pinellas
 
Region 4:
Regional Director: Brandon Nelson, Orange
Deputy Director: Eleanor McDonough, Osceola
Alternate Director: Robin Witt, Orange
 
Region 5:
Regional Director: Ercilia Albitsu, Hillsborogh
Deputy Directer: Jack Raines, Polk
Alternate Director: Peter Horstman, Hillsborough
 
Region 6:
Regional Director: Joe Agostine, Sarasota
Deputy Director: Peter Ryan Imhoff, Sarasota
Alternate Director: Willie Middleton, Lee
 
Region 7:
Regional Director: Kevin Muth, Palm Beach
Deputy Director: Raphael Gutierrez, Palm Beach
Alternate Director: Rolando Barrero, Palm Beach
 
Region 8:
Regional Director: Michael Albetta, Broward
Deputy Director: Carvelle Estriplet, Broward
Alternate Director: John Lazar, Broward
 
Region 9:
Regional Director: Javier Estevez, Miami-Dade
Deputy Director: Miriam Lopez, Miami-Dade
Alternate Director: Joe Falk, Miami-Dade

LGBTQ+ Dems Celebrate Transgender Military Ban Reversal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2021

DELRAY BEACH FL – The Biden administration announced today that it has reversed Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. This action comes after Biden’s day one executive order implementing the historic Bostock v. Clayton County ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Justice Department revoking a last-minute, anti-LGBTQ Trump administration memo.

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement in response to the transgender military ban reversal.

“President Biden is proving from the very beginning that his will be the most pro-LGBTQ administration in American history. His executive order today reversing the shameful ban on transgender service members imposed by the Trump administration underscores that he values individuals for who they are and how they can best use their skills and talents. Discrimination has no place in America, and especially in our military.”

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