Breaking News: LOVE WINS! Marriage Equality Comes to Taiwan & US House Passes the Equality Act

BREAKING NEWS: Friday, May 17, 2019 TAIWAN – The Taiwanese Parliament in a vote of 66 to 27 passed Marriage Equality, making Taiwan the FIRST Asian country to win this historic landmark. Taiwan’s LGBTQIA community won a landmark court case in 2017 when the court ruled that same-sex couples had the constitutional right to marry. The court gave the Taiwan’s government until May 24, 2019 to extend these rights. There were three competing bills to achieve this requirement. Taiwan’s President

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Help Us, Help You!!

It’s time for our annual fundraiser celebrating four years of marriage equality Sunday, June 2 at Dave and Busters (details below). We want to make this event bigger and better; raising more money than ever. We are asking for donations for themed baskets for the silent auction. We have five suggested themes: Movie Night (tickets, popcorn, movie candy) Wine Tasting (assorted wines, nuts and cheese) Car Wash Kit (soap, wax, bucket, shammy) Home Spa (gift cards, lotions, bubble bath, candles)

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Crossover Bill Check, Exec Dir & County Conventions

We have a lot of bills still alive! So please check out our spreadsheet to see exactly what is still standing. – CURRENT list of bills that the LGBT Caucus is supporting &/or tracking in 2019. MINIMUM WAGE On Tuesday, March 12 we are joining in on the Raise Up Hawaii’s (Minimum Wage increase) Lobby Day! Room number at the Capitol is TBD. (They will post it on their facebook event page.) Here’s the schedule of the day. If you can’t

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Help Clean Up the Conversion Therapy Ban

TESTIMONY NEEDED in Support of SB 674 we are asking that you support the bill but also ask that you in your testimony that you support the LGBT Caucus & the Task Forces combined recommendation for an amendment. Our amendment removes out dated language and simplifies the bill to BAN Conversion Therapy. #BornPerfect #LGBTCaucusPriorityBill SAMPLE TESTIMONY:“I support SB 674 and ask that you follow the Task Force and the LGBT Caucus’ combined recommendation and amend the bill to clarify the

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Testimony NEEDED for 2 Priority Bills

We have TWO priority bills that need your support! So please submit testimony in support of the following measures. Reminder your testimony does not have to be long we just need you to get it in 😉 SB 429 – Which will expand gender markers on driver’s licences & state IDs.Bill details: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=429&year=2019Hearing: Friday, 02-22-19 @ 9:00 AM in RM 016Deadline to submit testimony: Thurs, 02-22-19 @ 8:00 PM SB 768 – Expands access to mental health care for minorsBill

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Fixing the BAN to Conversion Therapy

TESTIMONY NEEDED in Support of HB 644 we are asking that you support the bill but also ask that you in your testimony that you support the LGBT Caucus’ recommendation for an amendment. Our amendment removes out dated language and simplifies the bill to BAN Conversion Therapy. #BornPerfect #LGBTCaucusPriorityBill SAMPLE TESTIMONY:”I support HB 644 and ask that you follow the LGBT Caucus’ recommendation and amend the bill to clarify the language and simplify the bill. Mahalo for your support” Hearing:

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Testimony needed for 4 LGBT Caucus Priority Bills

Happy Aloha Sunday – I hope you are staying safe and warm in this weather! I have great news we have 4 (four) priority bills that have hearings  and now we NEED your kokua to help keep them moving! Please take a couple of minutes to get your testimony in STRONG SUPPORT. Reminder your testimony does not have to be long. For SB 674 we are asking that you support the bill but also ask that you in your testimony

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Marriage Equality 5 Year Anniversary

Marriage Equality 5 Year Anniversary Five years ago today (12/2/13) Marriage Equality went into effect with midnight ceremonies at the Waikiki Sheraton’s Leahi Club. At a midnight a community ceremony co-sponsored by the LGBT Caucus of the DPH a total of 37 couples tied the knot thanks to the generosity of the Waikiki Sheraton and the hospitality of then General Manager Kelly Sanders. We hope that each and everyone of you will take a moment today to celebrate and to

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September LGBT Caucus Meeting

The LGBT Caucus will be meeting on Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 AM at the DPH HQ – 627 South St. STE 105. We will be going over the following: 1. 2018 remaining Pride Activities (Maui Pride & Honolulu Pride) 2. 2019 Legislative Priorities for the LGBT Caucus 3. Establishment of the following committees: Fundraising, Membership, Communication & Legislative 4. Begin discussing changing the name of the LGBT Caucus to be more inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community 5. Upcoming DPH

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WE DID IT! Conversion Therapy is BANNED in Hawaii

Today, Friday, May 25, 2018 Governor David Ige signed SB 270 into law in a public signing ceremony! The law goes into effect upon signing and it creates a taskforce to ensure the LGBTQIA youth are able to access mental health services. Statement from our Chair about this historic piece of legislation: Aloha – The LGBT Caucus of Democratic Party of Hawai’i would like to say MAHALO NUI LOA to Senator Stanley Chang, Senator Roz Baker and Senator Karl Rhoads

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