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.

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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.

State Caucus Winter Membership & Special Membership Meetings Notice

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.
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Couples Challenging Florida Marriage Ban 2014

Lawsuit Filed By Six Couples to Bring Marriage Equality to Florida

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of six same-sex couples challenging the ban on marriage equality in Florida.

The South Florida couples suing for the right to marry are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. Equality Florida Institute is also a plaintiff.

Read more about this story at the Miami Herald.

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus stands with these six couples, Equality Florida, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. We strongly applaud the commitment and courage of these six brave couples for their leadership in the struggle for marriage equality in Florida.

Things To Do Today

Just a Reminder to Renew Your Membership

Thank you to the many people who have already renewed their membership. Your membership dues will be used to help prepare and support candidates for the 2014 election.

If you have not renewed your membership, you still have time and different ways to do it…

You can fill out a renewal form online here. Or, you can pay your dues by mailing a check to:

Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus
P.O. Box 20392
Tampa, FL 33622-0392

For information about membership levels and donating to the Caucus please check out this page on our website.

Happy New Year

Dear friends,

As 2013 ends and we look forward to 2014, the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus would like to thank each of you for all the hard work and dedication you’ve shown throughout this year. Our Members across the state have worked hard to improve the quality of life for all GLBT Floridians. Because of you, there have been many successes! Each success brings us one step closer to full equality in the state of Florida.

We wish you, your family and loved ones a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Happy New Year’s Day from all of us at the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Democratic Caucus joins our Transgender friends as we celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance today. This day has historically been used to bring attention to violence and hate crimes that our Transgender friends experience, and we remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice just for being who they are.

Today we also want to focus on the importance of achieving equality. The Florida GLBT Caucus is guided by the principle that no one in our community is left behind. This is illustrated in Employment Non -Discrimination Act (ENDA), that fully includes all members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, that was passed by the U.S. Senate, with the full support of Senator Bill Nelson (FL – D).

In solidarity with our Transgender friends, we encourage you to participate in the events of celebration that are being held today and tomorrow throughout our state. Find an event in your community at www.transgenderdor.org.

Below are Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremonies throughout our state.

Clearwater, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

DeLand, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Stetson University
West Minnesota Avenue
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Gainesville, Florida
Trans* Day of Remembrance
University of Florida
Ustler Hall
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Jacksonville, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 58E, Osprey Plaza-Student Union
Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:30 PM

Orlando, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance & Candle Light Vigil
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd (in front of the Reflection Pond)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 7:00  PM

Tallahassee, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Family Tree in The Tallahassee Mall
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tampa, Florida
P.R.I.D.E. & T.S.U Transgender Day of Remembrance
USF Marshall Center at Crescent Hill
Thursday, November 21st from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Wilton Manors, Florida
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Pride Center at Equality Park
2040 North Dixie Highway
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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