2022 Winter Conference: Turn It Up, Turn It Out!

REP. VAL DEMINGS, NADINE SMITH SPEAKING AT SATURDAY COCKTAIL RECEPTION OF OUR WINTER CONFERENCE

Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith to Receive Caucus’ Lifetime Leadership Award

Sen. Annette Taddeo, Commissioner Ken Russell, Rep. Michele Rayner Speaking at Conference

Turn It Up, Turn It Out!

The 2022 Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park will feature US Senate candidate Rep. Val Demings as a speaker at the Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception, the main event of the conference. Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith will receive the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Caucus at the reception on Saturday, February 12.

“Turn It Up, Turn It Out!” runs Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13. The in-person event with a virtual livestream option brings together activists, allies, advocates, candidates, elected officials and policymakers for a weekend of planning to turn Florida blue in 2022.

This Friday, January 21, is the LAST DAY for early registration and ticket prices and the LAST DAY to reserve a room at a reduced ate in our hotel block.

The Winter Conference at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is a spacious venue to allow for ample social distancing with covid protocols in place during all portions of the programming. We will require proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test to enter, and encourage wearing a mask. The conference is open to all registered Democrats.

We’ll announce a full program shortly, but here’s some of what you can expect:

Friday, February 11
Welcome Reception
Hosted by the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County
— Sen. Annette Taddeo

Saturday, February 12
Continental Breakfast
Morning Session / Afternoon Session

The program (still in development) includes:

State Rep. Michele Rayner
Sam Alleman, LGTBQ+ Coalition Director, Democratic National Committee
Lucinda Johnson, Chair, Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee
— AND MORE!

“Erasing LGBTQ+ Voices in Schools and Libraries” — a panel discussion on Republican censorship efforts in Florida

“Is Florida Leading the Way in Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation?” — a panel discussion on efforts in Florida and state legislatures around the country to send us back into the closet

“Expanding the Rainbow: Attracting Diverse LGBTQ+ Democratic Activists” — a panel discussion examining ways to increase diversity among our chapters and the state caucus

Also:

— Supreme Court Outlook
— Presentation from our Diversity Committee
“Communicating to Win” Training Session from Sarah Hummell, former DCCC political and GOTV director (sponsored by The Sexton Group)
— AND MORE!

Lunch and Keynote Speaker
St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch (invited)

Membership Meeting (no cost, but separate registration)

Evening Cocktail Reception (separately ticketed)
— US Senate candidate Rep. Val Demings
— Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith receiving the Lifetime Leadership Award

Sunday, February 13
Farewell Drag Brunch (separately ticketed)
— US Senate candidate Commissioner Ken Russell

*Welcome Reception, Saturday Continental Breakfast and Saturday Lunch included in registration fee. No fee for the Membership Meeting, but separate registration is necessary. Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception and Sunday Drag Brunch are separately ticketed.

Registration and Tickets

Conference: Registration for in-person and virtual attendance is $35 through January 21. After then and on-site registration is $45.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Saturday Evening Cocktail Reception: Tickets for our premiere event for in-person and virtual attendance are $125 through January 21. After then and on-site tickets are $150.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Farewell Drag Brunch: Tickets are $50 through January 21. After then and on-site tickets are $60.
Click here to register for in-person attendance.

Membership Meeting: There is no charge to register for the Membership Meeting.
Click here to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

The membership meeting is open to all Democrats but voting is only available to active members of the state caucus. Click here to renew your caucus membership for 2022.

*All registration fees and tickets are non-refundable.

Hotel Reservations
Our hotel room block is open for reservations. The special room rate is $174 per night (that’s in high season!). There is no charge for parking, and there are no resort fees. These rates are available until the room block is gone, or through January 21. Click here to book your room.

The Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is open to all registered Democrats.

Sponsorships

Click here to review our conference sponsor opportunities.

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Happening Out Television Network