December 2019 General Membership Meeting

Join us for our December Membership Meeting and Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Seasons Greetings

Gengiz Khan Restaurant
3114 W Bay to Bay BLVD
Tampa, FL  33629
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Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

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LGBTQ+ Dems Energized for Tonight’s Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ORGANIZES AROUND TONIGHT’S DEBATE
DELRAY BEACH FL – At 9 p.m. tonight, MSNBC and The Washington Post are hosting the November Democratic Presidential debate with 10 candidates participating. Chapters of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus are hosting and participating in watch parties across the state (listed below) to celebrate this moment and organize activists in advance of the 2020 election.
Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the debate:
“LGBTQ+ Democrats in Florida are organized and energized like never before and we are thrilled to hear where Democratic presidential candidates stand. We’re inspired by the most diverse field of candidates in history, including the first openly gay presidential candidate. Our community is ready to beat Donald Trump and end his relentless attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans.”
In addition to candlelight vigils for Transgender Day of Remembrance around Floridachapters of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus are hosting watch parties across the state:
Emerald Coast Equality LGBTA Democratic Caucus (Escambia)
Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 North 12th Avenue in East Hill
8:00 p.m.
Capital Equality Democratic Caucus (Leon)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Capital Circle
1208 Capital Cir SE, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
8:30 p.m.
Rainbow Democrats (Orange)
The Local Bar and Grill
3231 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
7:00 p.m.
Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Sarasota County
Sarasota DEC Headquarters
7358 S Tamiami Trail (Coral Cove Mall)
7:00 p.m.
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The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Democrats. The Caucus has 19 chapters across Florida, from Miami to Jacksonville to the Panhandle.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2019

FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF TRANSGENDER FLORIDIANS LOST TO SENSELESS VIOLENCE

DELRAY BEACH FL – Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of those who lost their lives from anti-transgender prejudice. According to a new Human Rights Campaign report, 22 transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019. Three of those victims were Floridians.

Ellie Marie Washtock
Shot on 1/31/19 in World Golf Village, FL

Marquis “Kiki” Fantroy
Shot on 7/31/19 in Miami, FL

Bee Love Slater
Burned on 9/4/19 in Clewiston, FL

Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance and to honor the lives that we’ve lost:

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance we honor courageous individuals who dared to live the lives they were meant to live, but whose time with us was cut short. We are all accountable for ensuring acceptance, raising awareness, and providing support for our community, and in that respect today is a reminder that we have failed.

“The LGBTQ community in Florida is diverse, and that diversity is our strength. We stand united with Florida’s transgender community, and particularly our transgender women of color, who have been the target of deadly violence. Our thoughts are with them today, and our actions will support them always.”

Chapters of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus are taking part in vigils across the state:

Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County

Depot Park, Gainesville, FL
7:00 p.m.

Dolphin Democrats (Broward)

The Pride Center
2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
7:00 p.m.

Emerald Coast Equality LGBTA Democratic Caucus (Escambia)

Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 North 12th Avenue in East Hill
7:30 p.m.

Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus

Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center
2227 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lee County LGBTA Democratic Caucus

Old Court House Steps: 2120 Main St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Capital Equality Democratic Caucus (Leon)

Cascades Park, Downtown Tallahassee
6:00 p.m.

Rainbow Democrats (Orange)

Valencia College East Campus
701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, 32825
2:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches

Vigil for Bee Love Slater*
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, Florida 33430
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*State Caucus President Stephen Gaskill will participate in this event

Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County

Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center
2227 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Democrats. The Caucus has 19 chapters across Florida, from Miami to Jacksonville to the Panhandle. More information is on our website, www.floridalgbtademocrats.org.

Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today we join members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies all over the world to remember and honor the lives lost to anti-transgender violence. Capital Tea, a local organization providing support and resources for the transgender community, will be hosting a Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance tonight beginning at 6pm in Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Watch Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Tallahassee

The fifth Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 election will be held on Wednesday, November 20, in Atlanta, GA! 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.

The ten candidates appearing at the debate include:

  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Andrew Yang, entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneur Tom Steyer

This event is hosted by the Democratic Club of North Florida and the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee. There is no cost to attend.

Honoring Our LGBTQ+ Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2019
FLORIDA LGBTQ+ DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ASKS FLORIDIANS TO HONOR OUR LGBTQ VETERANS
Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on Veterans Day:
“As we honor those who served our country, we must pay special thanks to our LGBTQ veterans who served with distinction, and often under circumstances that could have ended their careers. We must ensure visibility and recognition for our LGBTQ veterans.
“Sadly, we do this at a time when the Trump administration is methodically trying to erase our transgender service members. Those who choose to serve in the military do so to fight for the American ideals of freedom and equality not only around the world, but also here at home. Thank you for your service, and know that the American people will always stand for equality.”
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Note to our Caucus member veterans: Let us know where you are! Please email us at veterans@lgbtqdems.org so we can find you. Thanks!
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats. The Caucus has 19 chapters across Florida, from Miami to Jacksonville to the Panhandle. More information is on our website.

Capital Equality Postcards & Pints: Conversion Therapy

Capital Equality is proud to host another Postcards & Pints event on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 6:30pm at The Bark, located at 507 All Saints Street in downtown Tallahassee. This month’s discussion will focus on the dangerous process of conversion therapy and will explore what can be done to prevent it in Tallahassee. Kathryn Lane, a Tallahassee attorney practicing criminal appeals, will share her insights.

Kathryn is a member of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, the secretary for the Tallahassee chapter of the National Organization for Women, and is a member of Equality Florida’s TransAction Advisory Council.

We’ll be writing postcards to local elected officials to encourage their support of a local ban on conversion therapy, while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and the company of fellow Democrats! This meeting is open to all Democrats.

If you’d like to learn more about conversion therapy, don’t miss next Wednesday’s meeting as well as the following upcoming community events:

  • LGBTQ+ Know Your Rights Forum hosted by FSU Pride Student Union
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
    Florida State University Oglesby Union, University Ballroom
  • Tallahassee Conversion Therapy Ban Town Hall
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
    Florida People’s Advocacy Center
    603 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Tallahassee

Watch Tuesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate with Tallahassee Dems

The fourth Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 election will be held on Tuesday, October 15, in Westerville, OH! You can join fellow Democrats for a DEBATE WATCH PARTY in Tallahassee at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 1208 Capital Circle SE, beginning at 7:30pm.

The twelve candidates appearing at the debate include:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Billionaire businessman and activist Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

This event is hosted by the Democratic Club of North Florida and the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee. There is no cost to attend.

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November 2019 General Membership Meeting

Join us for our November Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Our guest speaker will be:

Karen Perez


Bistro Italia at Westshore DoubleTree
4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
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Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

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Coming out with our new name!

Today is the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a time to celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Coming out to family, friends and coworkers is how we’ve changed hearts and minds, and it’s how we’ve moved America closer and closer to full equality.
This weekend, we are taking part in the Florida Democratic Party 2019 State Convention and we’ve chosen this day – this moment – to officially announce the caucus’ new name: we are now the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus!
At our July Summer Conference in Tampa, the caucus membership voted to rename our organization from the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus to the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. We added the Q+ to be inclusive of non-binary members of our community and those who identify as queer, while the plus also encompasses our straight allies who are so integral to advancing our rights. LGBTQ+ also brings our organization in line with national political and advocacy organizations.
With the name change comes a new brand. We modernized our logo and added black and brown stripes to the rainbow-wrapped Florida to represent LGBTQ+ Floridians of color and the fact that we are one, diverse community standing together in the fight for equality.
If you’re attending the Florida Democratic Party State Convention, please join us in sitting with the LGBTQ+ caucus delegation at the general sessions and at our business meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. Let’s keep working together to defeat Donald Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020!
Stephen Gaskill, President
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus

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