The Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus has posted the schedule of our upcoming 2015 Biennial Equality Forward SummitAs the hosting city we are encouraging all members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin to consider attending this 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
Sunday - April 12
Monday - April 13
To sponsor, register, and view schedule information visit:
EQUALITY FORWARD SUMMIT
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.
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.
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.October 6th is the deadline to register to vote for the November 4th elections. If you need to register click here.
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.
To find out which City Council district you live in click here.
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 3: Sabino "Pio" Renteria
District 5: Ann Kitchen
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 8: Ed Scruggs
To find out which district you live in click here.
To view the candidate responses click here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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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