URGENT: Testimony Needed for LGBTQIA+ Bills

Testimony Needed
Caucus Name Change Survey
Training to Submit Testimony

We need your help for the following bills…

Supportive Testimony for these Bills

SB163 (LGBT Caucus Priority Bill) – Amends statutory limitations on the time period in which a survivor of childhood sexual abuse may file a civil suit. Allows punitive damages. Permits the court to order restorative justice measures at its discretion, if requested by the victim..
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-09-21 9:15AM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-08-21 9:15 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB 285 – Prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of gender identity if the policy covers the treatment for purposes other than gender transition. Requires insurance companies to provide applicants and insured persons with clear information about the coverage of gender transition services, including the process for appealing a claim denied on the basis of medical necessity.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-09-21 9:30 AM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-08-21 9:30 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

HB 1096 – Amends the Uniform Parentage Act to allow non-gestational partners to voluntarily establish parentage of a child during the period immediately prior to or following the birth of the child. Requires the State to recognize parentage determinations from other states and territories.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 02-09-21 2:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Monday, 02-08-21 2:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 1155 – Authorizes issuance of licenses to solemnize marriages for persons of a secular or non-religious organization.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-10-21 1:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-09-21 1:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

SB 624 – Authorizes licensed physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform certain abortions.
Hearing Date: Wednesday, 02-10-21 1:00 PM
Deadline to submit: Tuesday, 02-09-21 1:00 PM (after this your testimony will be marked late)

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 to the survey and process will be discussed at the February 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)
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 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