2022 Summer Conference: Without You We Lose!


Without You We Lose Highlights the Stakes in the 2022 Election, Contrasts with Shameful Florida Republican Agenda as They Meet Across the County

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, Commissioner Nikki Fried, U.S. Rep. Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, Sen. Jason Pizzo, Sen. Annette Taddeo, House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell, and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith Scheduled to Appear

Rep. Robin Bartleman, Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, Rep. Marie Woodson, Mayor Dean Trantalis, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Don’t Say Gay student walkout organizers, and More Joining

Rep. Stephanie Murphy to Receive the Congressional Leadership Award for Her Work on the January 6 Committee

Rep. Michele Rayner to Receive the Legislative Leadership Award

CD-23 Candidates Participating: Jared Moskowitz, Ben Sorenson, and Hava Holzhauer

The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Summer Conference, Without You We Lose, will be held July 22-24 at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, 400 Corporate Drive Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334.

With nearly all statewide candidates participating, plus state and local candidates and elected officials, Without You We Lose, highlights what’s at stake for the LGBTQ+ community in the 2022 election and takes aim at the destructive Republican agenda as DeSantis, Rubio and Florida’s Republicans simultaneously meet across Broward County in Hollywood.

“The contrast of visions for Florida cannot be any more stark, said Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. “While Democrats work to lift up and support the diverse community of Floridians, Marco Rubio, Ron DeSantis, and their colleagues shamefully hurt their own constituents with culture war attacks designed to distract from Republican inaction on economic issues.”

Among the topics on the agenda are reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dodd, the outlook for legislation impacting the trans community, the long list of economic issues not addressed by the Florida Legislature, an assessment of what’s ahead from House and Senate Democratic leaders, and how to build the Democratic bench. In addition, a panel of young LGBTQ+ leaders who led the Don’t Say Gay bill walkouts will discuss youth participation and focus in the upcoming election.

The weekend’s premier event, the Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception, features Florida’s newest Member of Congress, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick; Rep. Stephanie Murphy receiving the Congressional Leadership Award for her work on the House January 6 Committee investigating the Republican insurrection and coup attempt by Donald Trump; Rep. Michele Rayner receiving the Legislative Leadership Award from Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith for her work fighting for and representing the LGBTQ+ community in Tallahassee; Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis; and CD-10 Congressional Candidate and Democratic rising star Maxwell Alejandro Frost, DNC LGBTQ Southern Regional Representative Vivian Rodriguez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earle Fowlkes.

In addition, the conference will host a Membership Meeting, which will conduct endorsements for US Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Congressional District 23 and Congressional District 27.

The conference will close on Sunday morning with Drag the Vote, our Farewell Drag Brunch featuring DJ Joey Brown.

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.

All funds raised at our Summer Conference support our GOTV campaign fund to elect pro-equality candidates and promote pro-equality policies.


Friday, July 22

Welcome Reception
Keys Ballroom

Guests include Gubernatorial Candidates Rep. Charlie Crist and Commissioner Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture candidate Ryan Morales, CD-23 candidate Ben Sorenson, CD-23 candidate Hava Holzhauer

Music provided by Ryan Morales

Saturday, July 23

Conference begins with a continental breakfast at 8am. The Conference program will begin at 8:30 am and run until approximately 3:30pm


Continental Breakfast
Florida Ballroom


Morning Session
Florida Ballroom


  • Stephen Gaskill, Caucus president
  • Alfredo Olvera, Dolphin Democrats president
  • Rick Hoye, Chair, Broward Democrats


PANEL The Politics of Distraction: LGBTQ+ Issues Vs. Florida’s Economy
Rep. Christine Hunschofsky
Sen. Annette Taddeo
SD-36 Candidate Raquel Pacheco
House District 101 candidate Hillary Cassel

CD-23 candidate Jared Moskowitz

ActBlue State and Local Associate Jose Gamboa

Is Your Marriage Safe from SCOTUS? LGBTQ+ Issues After Dodd
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg

Gubernatorial Candidate Commissioner Nikki Fried


Caucus Legislative Director Nathan Bruemmer

PANEL What’s Next for Abortion in Florida?

Emma Collum, Ruth’s List Florida
House District 109 candidate Ashley Gantt
Tobias Packer
, SEIU 1199
Rep. Robin Bartleman


LUNCH PRESENTATION Storming the Legislature: How Democrats Can Take Back Tallahassee

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book
House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell
Senate District 38 candidate Janelle Perez
Senate District 24 candidate Eunic Ortiz



Gubernatorial Candidate Rep. Charlie Crist introduced by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

Sen. Jason Pizzo

PANEL Building the Blue Bench

Rep. Marie Woodson
Jacksonville City Council candidate Joshua Hicks
Dolphin Democrats President Alfredo Olvera
Lindsay Pollard
, Democratic fundraiser

PANEL Diversity and Inclusion Committee Presents: Young Voters Will Save Us This Year

Don’t Say Gay student walkout organizers:
Javier Gomez
Maxx Fenning
Will Larkins
Nathalie Saladrigas


Caucus Membership Meeting
Keys Ballroom


Pre-Reception Cocktails
Florida Ballroom Lobby

Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception

Florida Ballroom

CD-10 candidate Maxwell Alejandro Frost

Guests include Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Rep. Stephanie Murphy receiving the Congressional Leadership Award for her work on the House January 6 Committee, and Rep. Michele Rayner receiving the Legislative Leadership Award from Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith for her work representing the LGBTQ+ community in Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, CD-10 Congressional Candidate Maxwell Alejandro Frost, DNC LGBTQ Southern Regional Representative Vivian Rodriguez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus President Earle Fowlkes

*Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres & Open Bar

Sunday, July 24
Drag the Vote: Our Farewell Drag Brunch
Music by DJ Joey Brown

Hosts: Kitty Meow, Fay What, Al Ferguson

Misty Eyez (Director of Trans and Women’s Services At SunServe)
Velvet LeNore (2022 Miss Florida At Large)
Erika Norel
Shasta McNasty
Lady Marisa
Kitty Meow

Guest: CFO candidate Adam Hattersley

*All events and meetings are open press, except the Saturday afternoon caucus membership meeting and Sunday drag brunch are closed press.

Registration and Tickets

  • Conference: Registration for in-person and virtual attendance is $35 until July 15 and $45 beginning July 16. You must be a registered Democrat to attend.
  • Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception: Tickets for our premiere event for in-person and virtual attendance are $125 until July 15 and $150 beginning July 16.
  • Sunday Farewell Drag Brunch: Tickets are $50 until July 15 and $60 beginning July 16.

For Conference Registration, Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception, Sunday Farewell Drag Brunch Tickets and Membership Meeting Registration, click here to register and purchase tickets.

**There is no charge to register for the Membership Meeting, but you MUST register to attend. It is an additional registration than for the conference.

** Conference registration includes the Friday Welcome Reception, and Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday.

Our membership meeting is open to all registered Democrats, although only active Caucus members may vote. Endorsement voting will only occur in-person. Renew your Caucus membership for 2022 and make your voice heard!

*All registration fees and tickets are non-refundable.


The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Our room block at the Westin Fort Lauderdale has closed. Contact the hotel directly to reserve your accommodations


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State Senator Lauren Book

State Senator Jason Pizzo


Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz