Bondi Continues Bigoted Stand Against Marriage Equality

Today, the Florida Democratic GLBT Caucus and the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement on Attorney General Pam Bondi’s continued defense of Florida’s gay marriage ban:

“Today, six loving couples stood in an Miami courtroom seeking justice and equality. Instead, they were subjected to the Scott administration’s bigoted defense of Florida’s ban on marriage equality. Floridians deserve better than Bondi and her allies’ discriminatory, divisive, and false logic. This kind of hateful bullying isn’t allowed in our classrooms and it should have no place in our courtrooms,” said Sally Phillips, President of the GLBT Caucus.

“This is the first step in the legal struggle to bring marriage equality for Florida. The brave couples who have stood up to the hateful rhetoric coming from Rick Scott and Pam Bondi deserve our admiration and respect. On the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Floridians saw Rick Scott and Pam Bondi fighting for discrimination, plain and simple. Floridians deserve better,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.

2014 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

Register Now for Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for our upcoming Summer Membership Meeting and Conference, held July 18 – 20, 2014, in Melbourne, Florida!  The membership meeting will include general Caucus business as well as discussion and voting on proposed bylaws amendments.  As always, there is no cost to attend the membership meeting.

Additionally, the Caucus will host an informative conference designed to educate members and strengthen local chapters.  The tentative conference agenda is listed below, subject to change:

Saturday, July 19th

  • 9:00am – Financial Planning for GLBT Couples – Presenter: Alan Jotkoff
  • 9:00am – VAN Training – Presenter: Florida Democratic Party
  • 10:00am – Voter Registration Training – Presenter: Nancy Shipes
  • 10:00am – Chapter Development – Presenter: Andy Janecek
  • 11:00am – Medical Marijuana (Amendment 2) – Presenter: Jodi James
  • 12:00pm – Lunch (Invited speakers include Nan Rich & Charlie Crist, candidates for Governor and Perry Thurston & George Sheldon, candidates for Attorney General)
  • 1:00pm – Membership Meeting

Sunday, July 20th

  • 9:00am – Transgender Issues – Presenter: Gina Duncan
  • 11:00am – Environmental Activism (Amendment 1 – Land Acquisition Trust Fund) – Presenter: Beth McMillen

The conference registration fee of $50 includes a Friday night welcome reception with cash bar hosted by the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee, a continental breakfast on Saturday morning sponsored by Jotkoff & Associates, a Saturday night soiree at the Cold Keg in Melbourne, and a Sunday breakfast buffet!

The host hotel, Holiday Inn Melbourne – Viera Conference Center, has established a discounted room rate of $79 per night for this event.  Reservations can be made online by clicking this link before Wednesday, July 9th.

Members attending the membership meeting, conference, or both, are encouraged to register in advance.  There is no fee to attend the membership meeting.

Click here to register online.

July 18 – 20, 2014
Location: Holiday Inn Melbourne – Viera Conference Center
8298 North Wickham Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32940

Join us as we prepare for victory in November, 2014!

Leadership Blue Gala 2014

Updated: Be a Voice for Equality at the Leadership Blue Gala

The Florida Democratic Party will be hosting their inaugural Leadership Blue Weekend, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, on June 27 – 29, 2014!  This annual event is an opportunity to come together as Democrats, celebrate our successes and to get ready for the critical 2014 election!

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus has reserved tables at the Leadership Blue Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 28th.  A limited number of tickets are available to Caucus members at a rate of $175.  Tickets are limited and are available to members on a first-come, first-served basis.

SORRY! Our table tickets have sold out. Online ticket sales through the Florida Democratic Party will begin at 12pm on June 9th. Visit the Florida Democratic Party’s website to purchase tickets or for more information about Leadership Blue Weekend.

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Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Condemns Homophobic Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi

This morning, Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President Sally Phillips released the following statement in response to recent remarks made by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:

“The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus condemns the homophobic comments made this week by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Her claim that disrupting existing marriage laws “would cause significant harm” is relying on debunked arguments and cites outdated information on Floridians’ views on marriage equality in an attempt to have a federal judge throw out a lawsuit brought by eight legally married couples.

A bipartisan majority of Floridians now support marriage equality. Pam Bondi has it backwards – the only “significant harm” being done here is to the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who are having their civil rights denied by the Scott administration. Even worse, Florida taxpayers are footing the bill for Bondi’s rigid ideological crusade.

Federal courts from Virginia to Oklahoma to Utah have ruled that bans on marriage equality violate the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution. Florida’s ban on marriage equality will have its day in court on July 2nd, and we eagerly anticipate Florida joining the growing list of states across the nation that are embracing equality.

The Caucus will be attending Pride Celebrations and other public events across the state this election year. We look forward to making sure that our supporters – Democrats and Republicans – know about Bondi’s stance on this critical issue involving our lives and families. When they go to the polls in November, the people of Florida will be ready to replace her with a Democratic Attorney General who will respect all of our families.”

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TAKE ACTION: Help elect openly gay candidate David Cox to US Congress!

Friends,

Since launching my campaign for United States Congress over a year ago, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement from friends and neighbors throughout Florida’s 6th District and beyond. In the past year, I have traveled throughout the state of Florida listening to the concerns of Florida’s residents, which are shared throughout our community, and country. As an openly gay candidate, I understand the unique needs of our community, and the importance of having a seat at the table. But I cannot do this alone; I want to use my voice, to make yours heard.

My campaign is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an equal shot at the American Dream; the same dream that you envision for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren.

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Special Membership Meeting

Register Now for the May, 2014, Special Membership Meeting

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus will hold a Special Membership Meeting to conduct the necessary business of the Caucus on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from noon to 4:00pm at the GLBT Community Center of Volusia County. Included as part of the Special Membership Meeting will be our usual Caucus business, an update from the Campaign Committee, and voting on proposed bylaws changes.

There is no fee to register. Refreshments will be available, but lunch will not be provided.

Click here to register online.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: GLBT Community Center of Volusia County
519 Julia Street, New Smyrna, Florida, 32168

Join us as we prepare for victory in November, 2014!

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Action Alert: VOTE NOW for St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals!

The St. Pete Pride Festival, which is the largest Pride Celebration in Florida, will be held the weekend of June 28-29. We are proud to ask all members of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus to take a moment right now to vote for our Pinellas County Chapter, the Stonewall Democrats for Organizational Marshal AND for St. Petersburg City Council Member Darden Rice for Female Grand Marshal.

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#GetCovered

ARE YOU ENROLLED? Health insurance enrollment deadline is March 31st!

DID YOU KNOW…

One in three lower-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults in the United States are living without health insurance? That’s why it’s more important than ever to learn about your new, affordable health coverage options available in the Health Insurance Marketplace and get covered before the March 31 enrollment deadline.

Take Action

Every plan available in the Health Insurance Marketplace will have to cover important benefits like doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions, preventive care, and more. Under the Affordable Care Act, no one can be treated differently in the Marketplace because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and you cannot be denied coverage or charged more for having HIV, cancer or any other pre-existing condition. You’ll have the same access to health insurance plans as everybody else. Read more »

Meeting Announcement Tallahassee

Register Now for the 2014 Special Membership Meeting

In conjunction with Equality Florida Lobby Days held in March, 2014, in Tallahassee, the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus will hold a Special Membership Meeting to conduct the necessary business of the Caucus.  The convergence of our Special Membership Meeting with Lobby Days creates an opportunity to cooperate and expand the influence of the GLBT community in the Florida Legislature for the upcoming session.

Click here to register online.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: The Family Tree Community Center
2415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee
(located in the upper level of the Tallahassee Mall)

Included as a part of the Special Membership Meeting will be our usual Caucus business, updates from the Legislative and Campaign Committees and voting on proposed bylaws changes.

On Sunday, March 16th, Equality Florida will provide training at the community center for lobbying and legislative visits scheduled to take place on Monday, March 17th, and Tuesday, March 18th.  All Caucus members who attend the Special Membership Meeting are encouraged to also attend Sunday’s training and be part of the lobbying and legislative visits on Monday and Tuesday.  Hotel information is listed below.

Click here to register online.

Join us as we prepare for victory in November, 2014! Read more »

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Capital City Chapter Announces Executive Board Vacancies

The Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus is currently seeking energized and qualified candidates to fill the roles of Campaign & Communications Chair and Membership Chair on the organization’s executive board.  Our goal is to build a strong and diverse membership that represents every facet of the GLBT and supportive community while supporting pro-equality, Democratic candidates.  We are gearing up for a very busy 2014 election cycle!

The Campaign & Communications Chair shall report to the organization on the status of candidates and issues (including endorsements), recommending actions, as appropriate.  The committee chair and members shall ensure that all activities, including meetings, are advertised in an appropriate and timely manner.  The committee shall also develop and maintain a chapter website and logo, subject to Board approval.

The Membership Chair is responsible for recruiting new members and managing our membership roster.  Additionally, the committee chair and members coordinate membership drive events and recommend rules and procedures that encourage active participation in the organization.

For more information about these positions, contact Caucus President Andy Janecek.

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