Happy Articles of Impeachment – Updates & December LGBT Caucus Meeting Canceled

Articles of Impeachment
December LGBT Caucus Meeting Canceled
DPH Holiday Pau Hana – Dec. 30th
2020 Election & PPP

This was a historic week as the House released and the House Judiciary passed the Articles of Impeachment against the occupant of the White House! As someone who has watched as much of the hearings as possible and read the Articles of Impeachment I am happy they are moving forward. But for this endeavor to be successful we need to make sure that our members in the House hear from each and everyone of us, please take a couple of minutes and call your Representative today!

CD-1 Rep. Ed Case
Washington, DC Office – (202) 225-2726
Honolulu Office – (808) 650-6688

CD-2 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Washington, DC Office – (202) 225-4906
Honolulu Office – (808) 541-1986

December LGBT Caucus Meeting Canceled

After conferring with the LGBT Caucus Steering Committee we will not be meeting in December. At our regularly scheduled January meeting on Sat. Jan 18th at 10 am we will have a representative from the local 2020 Census office coming to talk to us about the importance of making sure everyone in our community especially is counted so I hope you all make make every effort to be at this meeting.

Here are some of the highlights from the November meeting and beyond:

  • Since I am not going to be seeking re-election as Chair and after talking to several brand managers I am holding off on voting on a name change for the Caucus. This way we can get through the 2020 election easier. I will be leaving it up to the next chair to undertake this endeavor. But in the remaining months we will be working to ensure everyone knows the LGBT Caucus is here for the entire LGBTQIA+ community.
  • The results of the polling about changing the meeting date & time came back and we will stay on the the 3rd Saturday at 10:00 AM till the end of the Steering Committee’s current term.
  • We are working on a fix for the Hate Crimes law with the appropriate legislators.
  • We had a very successful and engaging meeting with the delegation from South Korea about expanding LGBTQIA+ rights there.
  • Michele Golojuch and myself cleaned the DPH HQ as part of the fundraising efforts for the LGBT Caucus. Half of the $250 raised will be used to support Holiday backpack/meals for homeless youth and the remainder will be deposited into the LGBT Caucus account.
  • We were successful in helping to block Milo “Right winger & Hate monger” from having a public location to spew his vile message.
  • My temporary appointment of Sherry Alu Campagna was made permanent by the Steering Committee.

Holiday Potluck on December 30th

To spread some holiday cheer the Democratic Party of Hawaii is hosting a Holiday Pau Hana potluck on December 30th at our headquarters at 627 South St. Suite 105. Doors open at 5:00 pm and goes until ….. We are asking if you are able to bring a dish to share and a donation of a canned food item for the Hawaii Foodbank. We hope that you will be able to join us! To RSVP (not required) or if you have any questions please email me at michael@hawaiidemocrats.org.

2020 Elections & Party-run Presidential Primary

To make sure you are ready for the 2020 election (reminder Hawaii is going to all mail-in balloting) you need to update your voter registration, which you can do on-line at olvr.hawaii.gov, if you have moved since you last voted, had a name change due to a marriage or if you just want to make sure that your information is up to-date!

To make sure that you, your friends & family can vote in the 2020 Party-run Presidential Primary (PPP) you need to make sure that your membership information is up-to-date as well and you can do that on-line as well by clicking this link.

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.

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