Blue & Rainbow Wave 2019 & November Meeting Sat Nov 16 @ 10 am

Thank you to everyone that reached out to me about the open At-Large position on the LGBT Caucus Steering Committee. I am excited to announce that I have appointed Sherry Alu Campagna to the position (we cannot replace Kainoa). Please welcome Sherry on board!

What an amazing day America had on Tuesday! We saw the BLUE WAVE continue – Democrats took control of both chambers in Virginia which looks like that will bring the ratification of the ERA Amendment to the US Constitution (98 years in the making) a reality, Kentucky now has a Democratic Governor & on and on.

What also happened on Tuesday is the continuation of the RAINBOW WAVE! In 2019 we saw over 140 OUT LGBTQIA+ individuals get RE-ELECTED or elected (over 80 on Tuesday alone)! We saw Danica Roem become the first transgender elected official get re-elected and she was quickly followed by 5 more transgender elected officials. Sad part is they all did this without a majority of the LGBTQIA+ community’s vote – a new study has come out and it shows that only ONE in FIVE members of the LGBTQIA+ community are registered to vote! So when you talk to your friends and they say they are registered give them these links just to make sure – local www.olvr.hawaii.gov or anywhere else www.iwillvote.com

November LGBT Caucus Meeting

We are meeting on
Saturday, November 16
@ 10:00 am at DPH HQ – 627 South Street , Suite 105
The agenda will be sent out next week.
Facebook Event

Reminder after the meeting we will be cleaning the HQ on behalf of the Young Democrats of Hawaii as a fundraiser for the LGBT Caucus. (We want to thank Michele Golojuch for leading these cleaning sessions and helping us raise money)

If you can’t make it in person we have teleconference & video-conference available:
Call In: If you are using a landline, you may incur long distance charges. NOTICE THE NEW NUMBER
Dial-in Number: (605) 313-6153
Meeting ID: 809760#

Computer:
Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/dphvideo
Online Meeting ID: dph2018

As was stated at the September LGBT Caucus meeting we are going to be looking at moving our regular meeting date and time in 2020.
Please take our survey so we select the most popular
day & time! http://bit.ly/LGBTmtgSRVY

Voting Open for DPH 2020 Election T-shirt Art Contest

Voting is open from November 7, 2019 until 6:00 PM on November 22, 2019 and voting is open ONLY to members (active & associate) of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i. Click here to become a member of the DPH: http://bit.ly/DPHMember
To vote in the DPH 2020 Election T-shirt Art Contest click here!
This contest is being run by the Membership Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.

2020 Party-run Presidential Primary

Party-run Presidential Primary (PPP); the PPP is where members of the Democratic Party of Hawaii get to vote on who they support for the Democratic Nominee for President and the Party has made some major changes for the 2020 election and here they are: 

  • District & Precinct Meetings to be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm (day after Super Tuesday)
  • 2020 PPP to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Around 20 voting locations across the state for the PPP
  • Absentee voting for those that are an active member of the DPH by Monday, Feb 18, 2020
  • Rank choice voting (you can vote for up to 3 candidates)
  • Cost is @ $250,000

We will still have same day party & voter registration on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the voting locations across the state. If you have any questions about the 2020 PPP please let us know and we will get you the answers.
To pay for this the 2020 PPP Committee has is asking for donations so if you can donate  click here to make your donation  or you can mail a check made out to the ‘Democratic Party of Hawaii’ with ‘LGBT Caucus/PPP’ in the memo section to DPH 627 South St. #105, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Be The Change

If you missed Be The Change: Becoming a Foster Parent you can watch the video by clicking here.

Reminder there will not be a LGBT Caucus meeting in October.
Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him)
Chair
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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LGBT Caucus 2020 Legislative Priorities

  • Getting the State to fund/secure Homeless Youth Shelters across the State (homeless unaccompanied minors)
  • Expanding gender markers on birth certificates
  • Health centers for the neighbor islands that include mental health services with access for LGBTQIA+ (youth & adult) 
  • Removal of statuette of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse as children 
  • Allowing minors to access health care for HIV & PrEP as well as mental health care without parental consent

The Future of LGBTQIA+ Rights

52% of LGBTQIA+ Americans live in a state with ZERO protections from workplace discrimination & if we lose 100% of LGBTQIA+ Americans will live in a country that where the highest court in the land says we don’t deserve the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, where we are not part of “we the people”, and that such protections are not required. The LGBT Caucus, as we have done since our founding, will fight back against this.

On October 8, the Supreme Court heard 3 cases to decide whether LGBTQIA+ employees are protected under federal sex discrimination laws. The three plaintiffs are Gerald Bostock, 55, a former child welfare services coordinator from Georgia; Donald Zarda, a former New York skydiving instructor who died at 44 in 2014 but is represented by his sister and former partner (whose cases were consolidated); and Aimee Stephens, 58, a former funeral home worker from Michigan who is transgender. (USA Today Article)

We want to say MAHALO NUI LOA to US Senator Brian Schatz, US Senator Mazie Hirono and Congressman Ed Case for all signing onto the Congressional Amicus Brief in support of LGBTQIA+ worker’s rights.(Nos. 17-1618, 17-1623, 18-107)

KEY POINTS (CNBC Article)

  • The justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of “sex” in heated oral arguments on Tuesday for a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers.
  • The court heard the cases of three LGBT employees, two gay men and a transgender woman, who claim they were fired because of their identities. 
  • At issue was the meaning of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination because of “sex” but does not specifically refer to gender identity or sexual orientation.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the senior member of the court’s liberal wing, noted that interpretations of Title 7 had changed in the past. Since the law was enacted, the Supreme Court has held that it applied to discrimination based on sex stereotypes, as well as same-sex harassment, two zones that were not likely on the minds of the legislators who voted for it.”

Argument analysis: Justices divided on federal protections for LGBT employees
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars employment discrimination “because of … sex.” This morning, in a packed courtroom, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether Title VII protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees.

Here is some more background on these cases:
Lambda Legal’s Article
Sex and the Supreme Court: It’s Not Just About LGBTQ Workers
Housing. Healthcare. Credit. Education. 
They have been referencing the reasoning of employment litigation victories to build protections in MANY other areas. There is so much at stake on October 8th at the Supreme Court.

ACLU’s Podcast
THE HISTORIC TRANS RIGHTS CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

Tuesday Roundup – SCOTUSBlog

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