LGBT Caucus Reverses Course on SCR 161

Statement on SCR 161/SR 126Testimony Needed For Priority BillsName Change Survey The Steering Committee of the LGBT Caucus met last night. There was an issue with the Zoom account which was rectified thanks to our Secretary Lynn! To ensure that everyone had access to the new link we posted it to our social media platforms and unfortunately 20 minutes into the meeting we were Zoom bombed (I hope you never have to experience one of those) The meeting was recessed

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Legislative Update & Steering Committee Meeting

Testimony Needed to Support JusticeSteering Committee Meeting 3-31-21Updating Our Mission Statement We have great news HB 1107 HD1 SD1 (cyber bullying) & HB 576 HD3 (abortion access) both passed the Senate today! HB 1107 was amended in the Senate so now we hope that the House will to agree with their technical amends before it is sent to the Governor, but for HB 576 it was passed unamended by the Senate so that goes directly to Governor for his consideration. Supportive Testimony NEEDED for theseBills &

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2nd Lateral: Legislative Update

Testimony Needed to Support JusticeUpdating Our Mission Statement Happy Prince Kuhio Day! This was a very busy week at the State Legislature, please check out the LGBT Caucus Bill Tracking Report for a complete update. We have hit Second Lateral and I have updated the report to reflect those changes. For those that are interested in the history and background around the LGBT Caucus’ position on SCR 161 and the work that needs to be done to ensure insurance policies cover transition services

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Have YOUR Voice Heard!

Caucus March RecapTestimony Needed As you know we are in the process of changing the Caucus’s name to be more inclusive and to complete this process we will need to edit our By-Laws so we are using this opportunity to update Article Two – Statement of Purpose. Click here to review the suggested amendments that we have received to date.  Please email me any other changes that you would like to see for Article Two. At our April 17th meeting the suggested

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WE NEED YOU! Help Make A Difference

Testimony NeededTomorrow: Caucus March MeetingCaucus Name Change Survey Happy Aloha Friday, we had a busy week at the legislature please refer to the LGBT Caucus Bill Tracking Report for a complete update onwhere the bills and resolutions that we are tracking stand. Last month we saw the Equality Act pass the US House and this week we saw it get its HISTORIC hearing in the Senate’s Judiciary Committee – click here to watch the hearing. Unfortunately it will have an uphill battle in the

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We Need Your Support

Testimony NeededCaucus March MeetingCaucus Name Change Survey HB 282 – shelter(s) for homeless minors passed today with some amendments that we are hopeful can be mitigated in the next hearing. Tomorrow the following bills will be heard:SB 939 – SUPPORT Establishes June 19 of each year as Juneteenth Day.Hearing Date: Wednesday, 03-17-21 10:00 AMDeadline to submit: Tuesday, 03-16-21 10:00 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late) HB 1096 – SUPPORT Requires the department of health to convene a task force to recommend amendments to the Hawaii

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Support Homeless Unaccompanied Minors

Supportive Testimony NeededCaucus March MeetingCaucus Name Change Survey I hope that you are staying dry and safe. With the bills crossing over we are now getting hearing notices and we need your support in passing the following bills… Supportive Testimony for these Bills HB 282 LGBT Caucus Priority – Expands the circumstances where a minor may consent to no cost emergency shelter and related services to include cases where the provider is coordinating with child welfare services.Hearing Date: Tuesday, 03-16-21 3:00 PMDeadline to submit: Monday, 03-15-21

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Equality Act (Re) Introduced – LGBT Caucus Meeting 2-20 @ 10 AM

Supportive Testimony NeededCaucus February Meeting TomorrowCaucus Name Change SurveyTraining to Submit Testimony Yesterday in Congress the Equality Act was re-introduced by Congressman David Cicilline and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus. The Equality Act when passed would amend existing civil rights laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, to explicitly ban LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the workforce, housing, education, credit, jury service and other areas of American life. President Biden urged Congress to quickly pass this historic piece of legislation. A

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Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Supportive Testimony NeededLGBT Caucus February MeetingCaucus Name Change SurveyTraining to Submit Testimony Kung Hei Fat Choy! MAHALO to everyone that has submitted testimony in support of the LGBT Caucus priority bills and other bills that we are supporting. Next week looks like a busy week and we need your help to move the following bills along. There is the link to the recording of the training on how to submit testimony at the bottom of this email. Supportive Testimony for these Bills

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URGENT: Testimony Needed for LGBTQIA+ Bills

Testimony NeededCaucus Name Change SurveyTraining 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 9:15AMDeadline to submit: Monday, 02-08-21 9:15 AM (after this your testimony will be marked late) HB 285 – Prohibits health

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