2019 Summer Membership Meeting and Leadership Dinner

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats in Florida, presents its 2019 Summer Conference, July 19-21, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Caucus conferences bring together a wide range of politically active Democrats to hear from state, local and national elected officials and candidates, party officials, allied activists, and issue experts for an invigorating and productive weekend. Our conferences receive statewide media coverage that underscores the experience and commitment our members bring to Florida politics.

July 19-21, 2019
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607

Conference Registration
Sign up to attend the conference and pay the $45 conference fee.

Leadership Dinner Tickets
Purchase your individual or table tickets to the Leadership Dinner online.

Hotel Information
A limited number of rooms are available at the hotel at a discounted rate for the nights of Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20. Use this link to book your room.


Conference Registration
Opens 5:30pm
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Welcome Reception
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Sponsored by Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Sponsored by Asana Creative Strategies
Sponsored by The Sexton Group
Guest: Rep. Kathy Castor


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

8:00am Continental Breakfast

Breakfast Speaker: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

9am to Noon



  • Stephen Gaskill, President, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Dave Cutler, President, Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • Les Miller, Chair, Hillsborough County Commission
  • Luis Viera, Chair, Tampa City Council
  • Ione Townsend, Chair, Hillsborough Democratic Party

Running for Office

  • Sean Meloy, Political Director, Victory Fund
  • State Rep. Jennifer Webb
  • Pamela Goodman, President and CEO, Ruth’s List
  • Reggie Cardozo, President, The Public Square

Daniel Lander, LGBTQ Outreach Director, Elizabeth Warren for President

Sponsored by Elizabeth Warren for President

Speaker Hour

  • Rick Boylan and Terry Fleming: Delegate Selection Update
  • Reign Hervey: Diversity and Inclusion Committee Intro/Update
  • Nik Harris, Vice President, What’s Your Privilege?


Lunch Panel: Tampa Bay LGBTQA Update and Outlook

  • 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
  • Steve Ryan, President, Manatee LGBTA Democratic Caucus
  • David Jones, Region 3 Director, for Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Polk County
  • Moderator: Russell Patterson, Hillsborough County State Committeeman

1pm to 3pm


Hate Crimes Panel
Moderator: Kevin Beckner
Protecting Our Vote

  • Brandon Peters, Director, FDP Voter Protection Project
  • Daniel Tilley, Legal Director, ACLU

3pm to 5pm


  • Caucus Business and Updates
  • Director Reports
  • Bylaws Discussion


6:30pm Cocktail Reception
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

7:30pm Leadership Dinner
Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

  • Welcome: Stephen Gaskill, Caucus President
  • Remarks: Juan Penalosa, Executive Director, Florida Democratic Party
  • Remarks: Stonewall Veteran John “Jay” Chetney
  • Congressional Keynote: Rep. Charlie Crist
  • Remarks: Nik Harris, Caucus Vice President
  • Florida Keynote: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried

Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch
Sponsored by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis Sponsored by Dolphin Democrats


Farewell Brunch
11am to 1pm
Bahama Breeze
3045 N. Rocky Point Dr. E.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2020! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.