URGENT: Testimony Needed for Caucus Priority Bills & FairVote Training

Testimony Need for 3 Priority Bills
FairVote Training on Rank Choice Voting
February Meeting of the LGBT Caucus

Mahalo to everyone that has already submitted their testimony and for those that have not please take 5 minutes to get it in for the LGBT Caucus Priority Bill. Your testimony doesn’t have to be long and please also encourage your friends to submit testimony.

Click here for instructions on how to submit testimony.

LGBT CAUCUS PRIORITY BILLS

HB 2037 – Establishes the Hawaii State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) Commission and the Hawaii State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) Commission Trust Fund.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 01-29-20 8:30 AM in House conference room 329
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 01-28-20 8:30 AM 

SB 2001 – Requires members of the clergy to report child abuse and neglect to the Department of Human Services or to the police. Specifies that the general rule of privilege under the Hawaii Rules of Evidence for confidential communications made to a member of the clergy does not apply to communications relating to child abuse or neglect.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 01-29-20 2:55PM in conference room 016
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 01-28-20 2:55PM 

SB 2316 – Amends statutory limitations on the time period in which a survivor of childhood sexual abuse may file a civil suit. Provides that the monetary relief under this section shall not include punitive damages. Permits the court to order restorative justice measures, if deemed appropriate.
Hearing Date: Thursday, 01-30-20 10:00 AM in conference room 016
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, 01-29-20 10:00 AM 
Note: For this bill we ask that in your testimony please encourage the Senators to consider accepting the amendments that we will be submitting.

OTHER BILLS

HB 1701 – Conforms statutory prohibitions against wage discrimination with other prohibitions on employment discrimination. Clarifies allowable justifications for compensation differentials and remedies for pay disparity. Requires employers to disclose wage ranges to employees and prospective employees.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 01-28-20 9:00AM in House conference room 309
Deadline to submit: Monday, 01-27-20 9:00AM

HB 1904 – Establishes The Uniform Employee and Student Online Privacy Protection Act that adopts uniform laws on protecting the online accounts of employees, prospective employees, unpaid interns, applicants, students, and prospective students from employers and educational institutions.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 01-28-20 9:00AM in House conference room 309
Deadline to submit: Monday, 01-27-20 9:00AM

SB 2005 – Establishes Automatic Voter Registration 
Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, 01-29-20 1:00 PM in conference room 225
Deadline to submit: Tuesday,  01-28-20 1:00 PM

FairVote – Rank Choice Voting Training

The Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi welcomes FairVote to offer free Ranked Choice Voting training.

Please share the following training sessions with your membership so that they are ready and comfortable when ballots start arriving. With 12 candidates, more than ever the ability to choose your top 3 by ranked choice will be exciting! 

Join us at one of the following trainings in all four counties to practice voting using Hawaiʻi local food choices!! 

OʻAHU
Location: Honolulu
Monday, 2/3/2020 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Tuesday, 2/4/2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, 2/5/2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi Headquarters
Main Room
627 South Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96813

MAUI
Location: Wailuku
Monday, 2/3/2020 – 6:00 – 7:30pm
ILWU Local 142 Maui Division
896 Lower Main St.
Wailuku, HI 96793

KAUAʻI
Location: Līhuʻe
Tuesday, 2/4/2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
Līhuʻe Civic Center
Moikeha Building, Room 2A/2B
4444 Rice St.
Līhuʻe, HI 96766

HAWAIʻI ISLAND

Location: Kona
Wednesday, 2/5/2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
West Hawaiʻi Civic Center
Community Hale, Building G
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

February LGBT Caucus Meeting

We are meeting on Saturday, Feb 15th at 10:00 AM we will have the following 3 trainings:

  • Party-run Presidential Primary;
  • What to Expect at the March 4th Meetings; &
  • How To Become a National Delegate

Location:  DPH HQ is at 627 South St. STE 105, Honolulu
Facebook Event

If you can’t make it in person we will 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
Upcoming LGBT Caucus Activity

We will have a table at the LGBTQ Resource Fair and LGBT Center Open House 
Date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: 310 Paoakalani Ave, Ste 206E, Honolulu

The LGBTQ+ Resource Fair at the Waikiki Community Center will gather together non-profits, LGBTQ-friendly businesses, educational, cultural and social groups, service providers, and community advocates working to more deeply engage with Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community.

Meet and learn more about these organizations dedicated to serving Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community, and then tour the LGBTQ Center and share your ideas about new programs and services it can provide.

Facebook Event
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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 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 statute 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
  • Establishing the Commission on the Status of the LGBTQ+ Community

Be The ChangeIf you missed Be The Change: Becoming a Foster Parent you can watch thevideo by clicking here.

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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