LGBT Caucus Mtg this Sat. 15 10 am, Leg Recap, & Upcoming DPH Activities

All of the LGBT Caucus’ priority bills are moving along! Mahalo to everyone that submitted testimony. We hope that everyone will use this President’s Day weekend to register new voters to help remove the current occupant of the White House. We also look forward to hearing or seeing you on Saturday for our monthly meeting!

February LGBT Caucus Meeting

We are meeting on Saturday, Feb 15th at 10:00 AM we will have the following 3 trainings after a quick update on all LGBT Caucus priority bills:

  • 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
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If you can’t make it in person we will have teleconference & video-conference available:

  • 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#
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HB 2483, HD1 – Requires all entities that provide educational or recreational activities to youths to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures on bullying, harassment, and retaliation, and provide staff with appropriate annual training, regardless of whether the entity receives any government funding.

HB 2043, HD1 – Allows an unlicensed mental health professional, working under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, to provide mental health treatment or counseling services to minors without parental or legal guardian consent, knowledge, or participation. Requires a mental health professional to assist a minor with completing a nondisclosure notification form to send to covered entities, when appropriate. Requires a covered entity, upon receiving a completed notification form, to maintain the confidentiality of minor-initiated mental health treatment or counseling services.
PASSED both committees

HB 2037, HD1 – Establishes the Hawaii State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Commission. Appropriates funds.

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.
 Upcoming LGBT Caucus Activity

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

At 1:00 pm former Rep. & Majority Floor Leader Blake Oshiro will be doing a presentation on behalf of the LGBT Caucus the importance of voting, and switching to an all mail-in voting.

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.
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Upcoming DPH Training & Activities What to expect at the March 4th Precinct Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Where: DPH HQ 627 South St. Suite 105, Honolulu, HI
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Open to the public)
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Parking – There a few free spaces at DPH HQ, street parking and there is a paid lot at the corner of South & Queen

The training to include the following:
Responsibilities and how the elections will work for: 
    Precinct Officers, 
    District Officers, & 
    Delegates to the State Convention & County Convention.
How to become a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Milwaukee in July 2020.

  • 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:

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: Doors open by 6:30 pm and meetings begin at 7:00 pm
Where: Varies Locations – click here for the complete list
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At these meetings we elect the Party’s Precinct Officers, District Officers, State & County Delegates.

This is also the start of the road to being a delegate the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

Deadlines to Join the Party to Vote in Party-run Primary:
If you know someone that wants to vote in the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Primary?

To receive a mail-in ballot for Hawaii’s 2020 Democratic Party-run Presidential Primary they have to be:
1. A registered member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii,
2. A registered voter in the state of Hawaii, and
3. 18 years old by November 3, 2020.

Tuesday, February 18th to receive a ballot in the first mailing
Sunday, March 8th to receive a ballot in the second mailing

Register on-line for the Party by clicking here.
Register on-line to vote in the state of Hawaii by clicking here.

If they miss those deadlines they will need to go in person to one of the 21 polling locations across on Saturday, April 4. The polling locations are open from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Click here to find those polling locations.

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)
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)


  • 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

Tuesday Roundup – SCOTUSBlog

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