June 26 – Equality Day Hawaii expands its protection for our community (& first night of 2020 debates)

June 26 – Equality Day Tomorrow, June 26, at 1:30 pm Governor David Ige will sign House Bill 711 – Relating to Criminal Defense and House Bill 1165 – relating to Gender Identification into law at a public signing ceremony in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room at the Hawai‘i State Capitol.  With the signing of HB 711 Hawai‘i will become the 6th state to ban Gay and Transgender Panic as an affirmative defense for murder charges, joining California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, and Rhode Island. 

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HAPPY PRIDE: June Pride Mtg, Kauai Pride, Upcoming Training – OH MY!!!

Another major victory for the LGBTQIA community – Botswana has become the 19th African country to decriminalize homosexuality, the first to do it through the courts! Another reason to celebrate Pride on the 50h Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots! June LGBT Caucus MeetingSaturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM @ DPH HQ2020 PPP & Caucus Name ChangeWe will have a presentation on the 2020 Presidential Preference Poll (where you get to vote on who you support for the Democratic Nominee for President) because there have been some MAJOR changes

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Breaking News: LOVE WINS! Marriage Equality Comes to Taiwan & US House Passes the Equality Act

BREAKING NEWS: Friday, May 17, 2019 TAIWAN – The Taiwanese Parliament in a vote of 66 to 27 passed Marriage Equality, making Taiwan the FIRST Asian country to win this historic landmark. Taiwan’s LGBTQIA community won a landmark court case in 2017 when the court ruled that same-sex couples had the constitutional right to marry. The court gave the Taiwan’s government until May 24, 2019 to extend these rights. There were three competing bills to achieve this requirement. Taiwan’s President

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2019 Legislative Wrap Up

LGBT Caucus Bill UpdateThe LGBT Caucus had a very good legislative session! In fact the 2019 Legislative Session we saw the most LGBTQIA specific bills passed in any single session. Mahalo to everyone that submitted testimony and/or reached out to your elected officials. We were able to help pass the following bills (bold are LGBTQIA specific legislation) and they are now on the Governor’s Desk for him to sign into law (hopefully):HB 330 – Suicide intervention & prevention for Hawaii’s

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Help Us, Help You!!

It’s time for our annual fundraiser celebrating four years of marriage equality Sunday, June 2 at Dave and Busters (details below). We want to make this event bigger and better; raising more money than ever. We are asking for donations for themed baskets for the silent auction. We have five suggested themes: Movie Night (tickets, popcorn, movie candy) Wine Tasting (assorted wines, nuts and cheese) Car Wash Kit (soap, wax, bucket, shammy) Home Spa (gift cards, lotions, bubble bath, candles)

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Give OUT Day & Give the gift that keeps on giving!

The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i is Hawaii’s only LGBTQIA political (policy & legislative) organization. So we hope that you will take advantage of #GiveOutDay to donate to the LGBT Caucus or buy your ticket to our annual celebration of Marriage Equality becoming the law of the land! 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (the birthplace of LGBTQIA rights modern day movement) & the 4th Anniversary of Marriage Equality becoming the law of the

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Anniversary Celebration 4 Years of Marriage Equality

Location:  Dave & Buster’s Honolulu1030 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI 96814 Date and Time Sunday, June 2, 20196:00 PM – 8:00 PM HST Description The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i was founded in 2001 – we were the first caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i. On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States brought Marriage Equality to America. So what two great reasons to come together to celebrate!  We hope that you will come and join us

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Crossover Bill Check, Exec Dir & County Conventions

We have a lot of bills still alive! So please check out our spreadsheet to see exactly what is still standing. – CURRENT list of bills that the LGBT Caucus is supporting &/or tracking in 2019. MINIMUM WAGE On Tuesday, March 12 we are joining in on the Raise Up Hawaii’s (Minimum Wage increase) Lobby Day! Room number at the Capitol is TBD. (They will post it on their facebook event page.) Here’s the schedule of the day. If you can’t

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Upcoming 2019 County Conventions

The County Conventions are coming up for O’ahu, Maui & Hawai’i counties (Kaua’i doesn’t convene in odd years)! If you were a County delegate in 2018 you are a County delegate in 2019. If you were not delegate in 2018 but want to be one in 2019 contact your district chair. 2019 O`ahu County Convention Nomination form for OCC Executive Committee (Must Be Received by April 24, 2019) Standing Rules for 2019 OCC Convention Deadline to submit Resos & changes

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Help Clean Up the Conversion Therapy Ban

TESTIMONY NEEDED in Support of SB 674 we are asking that you support the bill but also ask that you in your testimony that you support the LGBT Caucus & the Task Forces combined recommendation for an amendment. Our amendment removes out dated language and simplifies the bill to BAN Conversion Therapy. #BornPerfect #LGBTCaucusPriorityBill SAMPLE TESTIMONY:“I support SB 674 and ask that you follow the Task Force and the LGBT Caucus’ combined recommendation and amend the bill to clarify the

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