Program Announcement: Summer Conference of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus


National Keynote Speaker Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Ted Deutch, Mayor Dean Trantalis, Mayor Jane Castor, State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and State Rep. Jennifer Webb Join Lineup

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DELRAY BEACH FL – The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus’s first-ever virtual Summer Conference, It’s In Your Hands, features an exciting lineup of national, state and local Democratic and LGBTQ leaders. The four-hour program, occurring online this Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 2pm ET, will run on the LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus’ website, ,or Facebook page and will be followed by a Membership Meeting at 3pm.

As previously announced, former presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg will provide the National Keynote. Joining Mayor Buttigieg among the confirmed participants are:

10 AM – 11 AM ET

  • Stephen Gaskill, president, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus
  • Alfredo Olvera, president, Dolphin Democrats
  • A conversation between openly-LGBTQ Mayors Dean Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale and Jane Castor of Tampa
  • Brandon Peters, Director of the Voter Protection Department at the Florida Democratic Party with an update on voter protection efforts in Florida to counter Republican voter suppression

11 AM – 12 PM ET

  • US Rep. Ted Deutch
  • A panel discussion on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and communities of color moderated by LGBTQ State Representative Shevrin Jones, presumptively Florida’s first LGBTQ State Senator; with Representative-elect Michele Rayner, Florida’s first State Representative who is an LGBTQ Black woman; and Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy and Angie Nixon, presumptive state representatives who defeated anti-LGBTQ incumbents in their primaries
  • Reggie Greer, Biden-Harris LGBTQ Vote Director

12 PM – 1 PM ET

  • Ella Coffee, Biden-Harris Florida LGBTQ Vote Director
  • Terrie Rizzo, Chair, Florida Democratic Party
  • US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Steven Glassman
  • A panel discussion on issues facing the transgender community with Tatiana Williams, cofounder and executive director of Transinclusive Group and Nathan Bruemmer, Legislative Director of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. Moderated by Nik Harris, Vice President of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus

1 PM – 2 PM ET

  • A conversation between openly-LGBTQ Florida State Representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and Jennifer Webb on what’s at stake for the LGBTQ community in Tallahassee
  • Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
Also appearing throughout the conference
  • Congressional challengers Phil Ehr (CD-01), Donna Deegan (CD-4), Jim Kennedy (CD-8), Dana Cottrell (CD-11), Alan Cohn (CD-15), Margaret Good (CD-16), Pam Keith (CD-18) and Cindy Banyai (CD-19)
  • LGBTQ State Legislative candidates Joshua Hicks (HD-11), Jared West (HD-41), and Ricky Junquera (HD-118)

It’s In Your Hands will be available online at, the Caucus’ webpage, as the main site. There is no registration fee for the conference, but participants are encouraged to register at

The conference is hosted by the Caucus’ Broward chapter, the Dolphin Democrats. It will be broadcast from the studios of Hotspots Media Group, the Caucus’ media partner.