Support Homeless Unaccompanied Minors

Supportive Testimony Needed
Caucus March Meeting
Caucus Name Change Survey

I hope that you are staying dry and safe. With the bills crossing over we are now getting hearing notices and we need your support in passing the following bills…

Supportive Testimony for these Bills

HB 282 LGBT Caucus Priority – Expands the circumstances where a minor may consent to no cost emergency shelter and related services to include cases where the provider is coordinating with child welfare services.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-16-21 3:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-15-21 3:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 939
 – Establishes June 19 of each year as Juneteenth Day.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 03-17-21 10:00 AM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 03-16-21 10:00 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB 1096 – Requires the department of health to convene a task force to recommend amendments to the Hawaii Revised Statutes to update existing parentage laws that reflect outdated, cisheteronormative concepts of families, parenthood, and parental rights.
Note: The LGBT Caucus will be asking for an amendment to ensure that lesbian, gay and non-binary parents are included on task force.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 03-17-21 1:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 03-16-21 1:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

LGBT Caucus Bill Tracking Report
This report is updated regularly even if an email is not sent out.

LGBT Caucus March Meeting

Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 AM is our regular meeting and we will going over the current status of the LGBT Caucus bills and others that we are supporting and then begin the discussion of the name change (see survey below). 

LGBT Caucus Agenda
A. Introductions
B. Additions to the Agenda
C. 2021 Legislative Update
D. Name Change Project for the Caucus
E. By-Law Revisions
F. Announcements
 
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Caucus Name Change Survey

With the 2020 elections behind us we are going to take back up the name change project for the LGBT Caucus. Like we have discussed at the meetings the purpose for the name change to be more inclusive of our very diverse community.

To help with this process we have created a survey for everyone that is interested in having a say in this process to fill out. Click here to fill out the survey.

The results will be shown again at the March 20th meeting with the goal of having a vote on the name change by the April 2021 meeting is not sooner. 

Training to Submit TestimonyMake sure you are ready for the 2021 session watch this training on how to support these priorities from ideas into laws.


Click here to watch training.Click here for the Training Agenda with links
Be on the lookout for emails as our priorities and any other bills that the LGBT Caucus supports or oppose get hearings. Here is to a successful legislative session!
Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him/His)
Chair
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i

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LGBT Caucus 2021 Legislative Priorities

  • Getting the State to fund/secure Homeless Youth Shelters across the State (homeless unaccompanied minors) HB 282
  • Expanding gender markers on birth certificates: SB 281 & HB 1231
  • Removal of statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse as children SB 163SB 833 & HB 570 – Criminal Charges SB 381
  • Allowing minors to access health care for HIV & PrEP without parental consent SB 25 & 
    HB 478

No bills were introduced for these 2 priorities due to the historic economic depression that the State is facing due to the COVID pandemic.

  • Health centers for the neighbor islands that include mental health services with access for LGBTQIA+ (youth & adult)
  • Establish the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of the LGBTQ+ Community