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2015 Equality Forward Summit April 11-13

posted Apr 3, 2015, 11:29 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

The Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus has posted the schedule of our upcoming 2015 Biennial Equality Forward Summit
in Austin, April 11th-13th. Club Sponsorships and individual registration for the Summit is now open.

All meetings and training sessions will take place at the Texas Democratic Party Headquarters unless indicated otherwise.  TDP is located at 4818 E Ben White Blvd #104, Austin, TX 78741.

Saturday - April 11

  • 11:30 am - TSDC Board meeting (Stonewall Leaders Only).
  • 1pm - Stonewall Website & Database: Adding Articles, Events and other content to the website, second part is focused on the database and membership management. This training is intended only for Stonewall Officers, Committee Members, or committee chairs whose overall responsibility is to communicate club activities to the public or to maintain membership data including put not limited to treasury duties.
  • 5:30pm - Welcome Reception Kickoff at OCH on 4th Street.

Sunday - April 12

  • Welcoming session 9am (Crystal Kay Perkins, Executive Director - Texas Democratic Party).
  • A Look Back and A Look Forward (Texas Democratic Party, Battleground Texas, & TBA).
  • Queer Money - The economic impact of the gay dollar in Texas (Williams Institute).
  • The psychology (or voodoo) of getting a voter to vote.
  • Messaging - What did you say?  Do I really Care? 
  • Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters (Williams Institute)
  • Speaker: Texas House Representative Celia Israel
  • Legislative Update on related LGBT bills & Lobby Day Training (Equality Texas).

Monday - April 13

  • 11am Lobby Day with Equality Texas  - This is an opportunity for you to meet with your representative in their office at the Texas State Capitol and to directly ask them to pass policies that will protect all Texans.  Location for this event is at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. and at the State Capitol.
Register Now or to mail in your registration and payment click here for a mail-in form.

As the hosting city we are encouraging all members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin to consider attending this summit.

To sponsor, register, and view schedule information visit:

EQUALITY FORWARD SUMMIT

Out & Equal Publishes Open Letter Template for "Right to Discriminate" Laws

posted Apr 3, 2015, 11:24 AM by Rich Bailey

Out & Equal publishes open letter template and talking points for companies to use in response to anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" laws proposed in their states.
 
During last week's Out & Equal Executive Forum, news broke of the passing of a discriminatory religious exemption law in Indiana. With nearly 50 LGBT executives participating, the Executive Forum participants saw the opportunity and need for a tool they could share with their companies to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
We are proud to share the results of the work of many of these LGBT leaders and our own Out & Equal team: an open letter and talking points for companies and individuals to use for their communications and conversations about the discriminatory effects of religious exemption laws.
 
"Major corporations are leading the way where state and federal law falls short. Corporations understand it is bad for business if they operate in states that are labeled as discriminatory," said Selisse Berry, Out & Equal founder and CEO.
 
Please find this letter and talking points on our website here. This link also includes a survey to let us know how you use these tools.

NLC GLBTLO Happy Hour Nov. 21st

posted Nov 19, 2014, 2:59 PM by Rich Bailey

The National League of Cities is having its 90th Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin from November 18 - 22, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.

Join the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Human Rights Campaign's Austin Steering Committee, Equality Texas, Victory Fund, Stonewall Democrats of Austin and the Log Cabin Republicans' Austin Chapter together with the NLC's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Local Officials at a Networking Cocktail Mixer! Let's show our guests from all over the country a warm Texas welcome.

The reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, November 21 at the Brass House Tavern, 115 San Jacinto Blvd.

RSVP http://www.aglcc.org/calendar/NLC-LGBTLO-2014.

Volunteer to walk for Wendy and the Democratic ticket

posted Nov 2, 2014, 12:45 PM by Rich Bailey

Tuesday November 4th is Election Day! Come Volunteer with Stonewall in Central Austin to walk for Wendy and the Democratic ticket. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/WalkForWendy. No experience necessary. Contact Sarah Goodfriend with questions: sgoodfriend@gmail.com

Lt. Governor Debate Watch Party Sept 29th

posted Sep 26, 2014, 1:00 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 1:11 PM ]

Join Equality Texas, HRC Austin Steering Committee and Stonewall Democrats of Austin to watch the debate between Leticia Van de Putte and the other candidates for the next Lt. Governor of Texas.

Debate Watch Party
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Departure Lounge, 311 W. 5th Street, Austin, TX

Please RSVP at bit.ly/ltgovwatch.

October 6th is the deadline to register to vote for the November 4th elections. If you need to register click here.

SDA Endorses City Council Candidates

posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:50 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 12:53 PM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin held Candidate Forum and Endorsement meetings on August 27th and September 4th to allow our members to hear from those candidates who filled out our candidate questionnaire.

The following candidates were endorsed by the membership due to their strong support for the LGBTQ community:

Mayor: Steve Adler
District 1: Ora Houston
District 2: Delia Garza
District 4: Greg Casar and Katrina Daniel
District 5: Ann Kitchen
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 7: Leslie Pool and Melissa Zone
District 8: Ed Scruggs
District 9: Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo
District 10: Tina Cannon and Mandy Dealey

To find out which City Council district you live in click here.

City Council Candidate Endorsement Forums

posted Aug 25, 2014, 7:44 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 3:06 PM ]

This November marks the first time the Austin City Council will be elected by district instead of citywide. The new 10-1 Council will consist of 10 members elected by district and the Mayor elected at-large.

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding two Candidate Forums and Endorsement meetings to allow our members to hear from those candidates who filled out our candidate questionnaire.

The forums will be held in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd) on Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, September 4th. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the meetings will begin at 6:00 pm. Below is the schedule for both meetings.

August 27th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:10 - 6:15 pm - District 6
6:15 - 6:30 pm - District 8
6:35 - 6:50 pm - District 10
6:55 - 7:10 pm - District 5
7:15 - 7:35 pm - District 4
7:40 - 7:55 pm - District 1
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting

September 4th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Mayor
6:30 - 6:35 pm - District 2
6:40 - 6:50 pm - District 9
6:55 - 7:25 pm - District 3
7:30 - 7:50 pm - District 7
7:55 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting

To view the candidate responses click here.

Candidates will give 1-2 minute opening remarks, followed by 2-3 minutes Q&A with our members, then 1 minute for closing remarks for a total of 5 minutes per candidate. After we hear from all the candidates that evening the membership will discuss each race then cast ballots.


In order to be able to vote in the endorsement meetings you must have been a member in good standing of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin for at least 30 days prior to the endorsement meeting. Those whose membership has lapsed will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking the "Join SDA" link on the left.

The entire membership may participate in the candidate forum and the discussion of the candidate's positions but only those members eligible to vote as defined above may cast ballots. A 60% vote of eligible members present and voting shall be required for the endorsement of any candidate. Should no candidate receive 60% of the votes cast in a particular race, a motion may be made to approve a dual endorsement in that race. Such motion shall name the candidates proposed for multiple endorsement and such motion shall require a 60% vote of eligible to be successful.

To find out which district you live in click here.

Happy Hour & Business Meeting August 13th at The Brass House

posted Aug 6, 2014, 2:58 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 3:00 PM ]

Happy Hour with John Cook
6:30 pm, Wednesday, August 13th
The Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd
(with convenient parking across the street at the Convention Center garage)
 
Next Wednesday, we are delighted to host John Cook, former "Singing Mayor" of El Paso and Democratic Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.  Meet John and learn about his distinguished career as Mayor of El Paso and his plans as Land Commissioner.

Short business meeting to follow.  We will consider a change in our endorsement procedures.  Download the proposed change here.
Current endorsement procedures are available at:
http://www.stonewallaustin.org/elections/endorsement-procedures

Happy Hour & Business Meeting July 9 at The Brass House

posted Jul 7, 2014, 1:44 PM by Rich Bailey

As expected due to the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling the Religious Right has mounted a new assault on LGBTQ progress.  That is why the Stonewall Democrats of Austin are inviting you to attend our July Happy Hour and Business meeting at The Brass House (115 San Jacinto Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

We are fighting back. Come hear the latest at our next Happy Hour and business meeting, this Wednesday July 9th. Details and RSVP here.

This meeting will cover:

LGBTQ Community Roundtable results
TDP Platform first-ever LGBTQ section
10-1 Candidate Questionnaire and Interview/Endorsement Dates
 
In the meantime:

Do you know your 10-1 Council District? (Precincts can be split between Districts).  Verify it here.
Want to Impress your friends with an up-to-date City Council Candidate list and related information? It's here.

Keep Austin Queered Roundtable on May 31st

posted May 14, 2014, 2:48 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated May 25, 2014, 2:30 PM ]

The way we elect our Austin City Council is changing so the Stonewall Democrats of Austin (SDA) is hosting an LGBTQ Community Roundtable. The Roundtable will bring together subject-matter experts from the City of Austin and from LGBTQ advocate and allied organizations. The purpose of The Roundtable is to identify the most pressing LGBTQ issues facing our community so that we can shape our City Council Candidate questionnaire and make informed decisions about who to support in the upcoming City Council elections.

“Keep Austin Queered” Roundtable
Saturday May 31, 2014
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library
3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Austin, Texas 78702
Professionally facilitated by: Betsy Aylin, PhD

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