June 26 – Equality Day Hawaii expands its protection for our community (& first night of 2020 debates)

June 26 – Equality Day

Tomorrow, June 26, at 1:30 pm Governor David Ige will sign House Bill 711 – Relating to Criminal Defense and House Bill 1165 – relating to Gender Identification into law at a public signing ceremony in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room at the Hawai‘i State Capitol. 

With the signing of HB 711 Hawai‘i will become the 6th state to ban Gay and Transgender Panic as an affirmative defense for murder charges, joining California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, and Rhode Island. 

HB 1165 will make Hawai‘i the 11th state to expand gender markers on driver’s licenses and State IDs joining Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Vermont and the District of Columbia. 

When HB 1165 goes into effect on July 1, 2020 those that do not adhere to the gender binary will be able to choose to select “X” as their gender marker instead of the traditional “M” and “F” markers for male and female. Hawai‘i will be only the 2nd state to allow our ‘ohana to self-identify their gender joining Oregon and the District of Columbia.

The legislature also passed HB 664 – Relating to Gender Identity which clarified that language in the 2018 conversion therapy ban, HRS 453J. HB 664 did not appear on Governor Ige’s veto list so when enacted or allowed to become law without his signature it will confirm that the 2019 Legislative Session was the session that passed the most supportive LGBTQIA+ specific legislation in our State’s history.

Debate Watch Parties

The DPH is hosting Debate Watch parties this week at DPH HQ starting at 2:30 pm. Join your fellow Democrats as we watch the debates with door prizes!

Wednesday, June 26 –Facebook event (co-hosted by DPH Membership Committee)
Cory Booker
Bill de Blasio
Julián Castro
John Delaney
Tulsi Gabbard
Jay Inslee
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O’Rourke
Tim Ryan
Elizabeth Warren

Thursday, June 27 – Facebook Event (co-hosted by DPH Campaign Committee)
Michael Bennet
Joe Biden
Pete Buttigieg
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
John Hickenlooper
Bernie Sanders
Eric Swalwell
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang

2020 PPP Update

Presidential Preference Poll (PPP: where members of the Democratic Party of Hawaii get to vote on who they support for the Democratic Nominee for President)
has made some major changes for the 2020 election and here they are: 

  • District & Precinct Meetings to be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm (day after Super Tuesday)
  • 2020 PPP to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Around 20 voting locations across the state for the PPP
  • Absentee voting for those that are an active member of the DPH by Monday, Feb 18, 2020
  • Rank choice voting (you can vote for up to 5 candidates)
  • Cost is @ $250,000

We will still have same day party & voter registration on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the voting locations across the state. If you have any questions about the 2020 PPP please let us know and we will get you the answers.

To pay for this the 2020 PPP Committee has launched the Hui Project. For those that can afford $1,000 they are asked to donate that amount. For everyone else they are asked to form a Hui & the LGBT Caucus has started a Hui. Thanks to the donations made at this past Saturday’s meeting we are about $200 shy of the $1,000. So if you can help and donate so that we can have the LGBT Caucus Hui Click here to make your donation  or you can mail a check made out to the ‘Democratic Party of Hawaii’ with ‘LGBT Caucus/PPP’ in the memo section to DPH 627 South St. #105, Honolulu, HI 96813.

2019 Pride Schedule

Kaua’i Pride FIRST Parade & Celebration – DONE
    Over 300 Parade participants & @ 4,000 festival attendees
Hawai’i Island Pride – Pride Parade June 29
    Pride Parade starts at 11:00 AM, downtown Hilo
    Pride Festival from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Mo’oheau Bandstand
        w/ entertainment, food & keiki activities
Kona Pride – September 24
Maui Pride – October 6 – 13
Honolulu Pride – October 19

Campaign Training 

Join the Democratic Party of Hawai’i and the National Democratic Training Committee in Honolulu on September 14th for a FREE in-person training focusing on fundamental aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations
Click here for more information and/or to register. (Registration required)

Be The Change

If you missed Be The Change: Becoming a Foster Parent you can watch the video by clicking here.

Mahalo nui loa!
Michael Golojuch, Jr. (He/Him)
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’iClick here for more information and/or to register. (Registration required)

Click here to become a Member of the LGBT Caucus of the DPH

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