Happy Equality Day & Happy Pride!
HAPPY EQUALITY DAY!
Yes you read that right, TODAY is Equality Day – well not officially, well not yet! If these were normal times we would be getting ready for our annual fundraiser but these are NOT normal times but that should not stop any of us from taking time today day to CELEBRATE our historic victories!
Today in history we had THREE different monumental SCOTUS rulings that help move the needle toward making America a more equal society, legally at least. Those three rulings were:
2003 – Lawerence v Texas: This ruling struck down anti-sodomy laws across America. While sodomy refers to any sexual act that cannot lead to procreation but surprise these laws were used to target our community. (I know you are not shocked at this news.) This ruling would help set-up wins for us a decade later and along the way…
2013* – US v Windsor: This ruling struck down section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – saying that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections. This ruling set the stage for the Special Session that brought Marriage Equality to its home here in Hawaii and our next big SCOTUS win…
2015 – Obergefell v Hodges: This was the biggie SCOTUS, as you know, ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional! In SCOTUS’s majority opinion they cited Hawaii’s Bahear v. Miike decision written by retired Justice Levinson. So never forget that the modern fight for Marriage Equality began right here in Hawaii!
*2013 – Hollingsworth v. Perry: The ruling struck down the ban on same-sex marriage but only in the state of California. There were some that hoped that this case would do for us what Obergefell v Hodges did but that was not the case.
But as we have been reminded in the recent months, years that we all have a lot more work to do! For an injustice to one of us is an injustice to all of us! So I am going to ask you to do a little social justice work today to celebrate EQUALITY DAY and help others in our community and beyond in their struggle for justice and equality!
Stand With the #FernhurstWomen
Fernhurst is a program of the YWCA O’ahu that was/is a furlough work program for women prisoners trying to get their lives back on track and become productive members of society. This an LGBTQIA+ issue since the LGBTQIA+ community is over represented in America’s prison system and Hawaii is no different.
This successful and uniques program is being threatened by the Ige Administration – they are citing budget concerns when in fact this program save money and makes us all safer. This is not hyperbole this based on these two (2) facts:
- It costs an additional $72,000 to house ONE inmate if they are not in this program, and
- The recidivism rate is 16% for someone that completes the program, which 80% of the women in the program do, that is less than half the statewide recidivism rate for women parolees, which is 34%.
Here are two ways you can help these women:
- Sign #HernhurstWomen’s petition calling on the Governor & PSD Director Espinda to save this program
- Contact Governor Ige and PSD Director Espinda directly and let them know you support this amazing program.
Virtual Voter Registration Drive
Make sure everyone you know is prepared for the
Primary & General Elections and to VOTE WITH PRIDE
You can do this by reposting this graphic on your social media platforms and share this information:
Deadline to register to vote to get a ballot mailed: July 9, 2020 olvr.hawaii.gov
Early Walk-in Voting Dates: July 27, 2020 through Election Day, August 8, 2020
Election Day: Saturday, August 8, 2020
More info: https://hawaiidemocrats.org/voteblue2020/
UPCOMING eCONVENTION DEADLINES
REMINDER – Now that the deadlines have passed to file to run for the Party Offices, if you or someone you know is running for any of these positions and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and you would like the LGBT Caucus to let your fellow Democrats know that you are running please email me by June 30, 2020 at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in an email to the LGBT Caucus after July 1, 2020.
For all State Delegates
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – Deadline for 2020 DPH State eConvention:
15-minute video that explains the upcoming Party elections. Click here to watch.
Happy Equality Day & Happy Pride & stay safe out there!Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i
2020 LGBT Caucus
We have posted the final updated responses to the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i 2020 Candidate Survey for the Primary Election. If anyone asks the posting of these responses does not mean the LGBT Caucus is endorsing any of the candidates. We are posting them to help everyone make informed decisions when they get their ballot in the mail.
U.S. Representative Races: https://bit.ly/2020FedRespLGBT
State Races: https://bit.ly/2020StateRespsLGBT
All County Races: https://bit.ly/2020CntyRespLGBT