Urgent: Testimony needed to help homeless youth and PPP update

Testimony Needed for SB 2344
April 4th Polling Locations
FREE Blue Bench Training

Great news HB 2037 (LGBTQ+ Commission) passed out of both committees this week! Mahalo nui loa to everyone that submitted testimony!

We have one priority bill with a hearing for next week…

Testimony needed for the SB 2344

SB2344 SD1 HD1 – Expands the provisions for a minor to consent to no-cost emergency shelter and related services to include requiring a provider to be licensed and in compliance with zoning and safety regulations. Requires DHS to make every effort to have a shelter for minors on each island.
Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-17-20 2:05 PM in House conference room 325.
Deadline to submit: Monday, 03-16-20 2:05 PM

REMINDER: If you miss the deadline to submit testimony you can still submit up until the hearing starts. Your testimony does not have to be long just a couple of sentences. Click here for instructions on how to submit testimony.


Click here for the complete list of the LGBT Caucus bill tracking report.
 LGBT Caucus March Meeting

March meeting is on March 21st @ 10:00 am and will be by teleconference only out of precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be doing screen share for those that participate via computer. Agenda will be posted as we get closer.

  • Participation is available as follows:
    • Call In:  If you are using a landline, you may incur long distance charges.
    • Dial-in Number: (605) 313-6153
    • Meeting ID: 809760#
  • Computer:

Party-run Presidential Primary 

The Party sent out over 55,000 ballots at the beginning of March and an additional 15,000+ will be arriving some time next week. Your ballot will arrive in an envelope like the one above. Please read the instruction on the exterior of the envelope to be able to register at alohavote.com; this will allow you to confirm your ballot has been received.

The following presidential candidates have suspended their campaigns, but will still appear on the ballot:

  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Deval Patrick
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

Per the DNC Rules, viable candidates defined as meeting the 15% threshold in a congressional district will be eligible for district-level delegates. Click HEREfor details.

If you have any questions about the Party-run Presidential Primary check out this FAQ.

If you did not receive a ballot or someone you know missed the deadlines to enroll in the Party they can still vote in person…

FREE Blue Bench Training
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 (stay tuned)
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: IBEW 1186 located at 1935 Hau St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Facebook Event
The National Democratic Training Committee is excited to partner with the Democratic Party of Hawaii for a Blue Bench Training!

This is a FREE event, open to any Democrat interested in running for office, is staff on a campaign (or hopes to be), or for anyone within the local party infrastructure!

During the training day, there will be different audience groups Candidates, Campaign Staff, and Local Leaders. Each group will move through four 80 minute sessions covering different skills relevant to their audience in field, fundraising, communications, and digital strategy.

These trainings are in-person only and because of this we will not be able to offer videoconference.

Copy or paste this link into your browser to sign up: https://traindemocrats.org/event/honolulu-hawaii-4-18-2020/

To become a member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii go to: https://hawaiidemocrats.org/join/

Mahalo to IBEW 1186 for allowing us to use their hall for this training.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to all your friends and family.
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
  • Establish the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of the LGBTQ+ Commission

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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