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SDA Endorses Candidates for March 1 Democratic Primary

posted Jan 30, 2016, 3:18 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 3:51 PM ]

On Thursday, January 28th the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin heard from more than 35 candidates for the March 1 Democratic Primary elections. In order to be eligible to be considered for the club endorsement candidates were required to respond to a questionnaire addressing a number of LGBT issues (see 2016 Elections for those responses). Endorsements were made based on who the membership felt would best represent the interests of the LGBT community. In order to receive an endorsement a candidate needed to obtain at least 60% of the votes of those present and voting. In several races no candidate was able to achieve the 60% threshold and in some of those races motions were made to issue dual endorsements as both candidates were deemed to be equally strong advocates for the LGBT community.

After 3 1/2 hours of candidate speeches and questions from the membership, the Stonewall Democrats of Austin made the following endorsements:

U.S. Representative, CD10            Scot Gallaher
U.S. Representative, CD17            Bill Matta
U.S. Representative, CD35            Lloyd Doggett
Railroad Commissioner                  Lon Burnam
State Board of Education 5            Rebecca Bell-Metereau
State Board of Education 10          Judy Jennings
State Representative, HD49          Huey Rey Fischer
State Representative, HD50          Celia Israel
167th District Court                        David Wahlberg
345th District Court                        Jan Soifer
427th District Court                        Jim Coronado & Tamara Needles (dual endorsement)
450th District Court                        Brad Urrutia
District Attorney                              Gary Cobb
Sheriff                                             Sally Hernandez & John Sisson (dual endorsement)
County Tax Assessor-Collector      Bruce Elfant
Commissioner, Precinct 1              James Nortey
Constable, Precinct 1                    Rick Schumacher
Constable, Precinct 3                    Anthony "AJ" Johnson & Stacy Suits (dual endorsement)
Constable, Precinct 4                    Manuel Jimenez & George Morales (dual endorsement)
Constable, Precinct 5                    Carlos Lopez

Early voting runs from February 16 to February 26. Below are lists for early, mobile, and Election Day voting locations. 

SDA Candidate Endorsement Forum January 28

posted Jan 7, 2016, 1:44 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 9:27 AM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding a Candidate Endorsement Forum on Thursday, January 28th in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd). Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm.

In order to be considered for endorsement a candidate must have filled out our questionnaire (we will have copies of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire available at the meeting). 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 within the past 2 years will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking here.

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.

Candidate responses to our questionnaires can be found here.

TCDP / Democratic Clubs Holiday Party Dec. 8th

posted Nov 30, 2015, 3:17 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Nov 30, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin invite you to join us at our holiday party, co-hosted with the Travis County Democratic Party, Austin Young Democrats, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, Liberal Austin Democrats, and South Austin Democrats.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8th from 5:30PM-8PM
Where: The North Door, 502 Brushy St., Austin, TX 78702

See more here

There will be no Stonewall Democrats of Austin December monthly membership meeting; instead please come to the holiday party.
In lieu of donations, please bring canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays!

Monthly SDA meeting November 11th at Cafe Express

posted Nov 9, 2015, 8:31 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 8:33 AM ]

We hope you will join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Our main speaker will be JD Gins, Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party.

We hope to see you there.

Early Voting begins for Nov. 3 Constitutional and Bond Elections

posted Oct 19, 2015, 12:40 PM by Rich Bailey

Early voting for the November 3 Constitutional and Bond Elections runs from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 30.

The membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin did not make any endorsements in the 7 Constitutional Amendments but did endorse in the Travis County Bond Election and encourage our members and supporters to vote "FOR" the new Civil and Family Courts Facilities.

Progress Texas take on the Constitutional Amendments can be found here

Do not forget the Texas Voter ID laws are still in effect. Some voters may face extra scrutiny at their polling location. Make sure to bring one of the following forms of Identification with you to cast your vote:  TX Driver’s License, TX Personal ID Card, TX concealed handgun license, US military ID card, US citizenship with  your photo, US passport book or card, or Election ID Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS.

Your name on your ID must match your name on the voter ID list or be "substantially similar". If you are not permitted to vote or to report any issues at the polls, call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

Early Voting locations can be found here

Mobile Voting locations can be found here

Election Day Voting locations can be found here

No October meeting

posted Oct 13, 2015, 10:09 AM by Rich Bailey

We will not be having a membership meeting in October. Instead we are encouraging our members to attend the October 14th Re-Election Fundraiser being hosted by Rep. Celia Israel. Click this link for more details.

Monthly SDA meeting September 9th at Cafe Express

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:44 AM by Rich Bailey

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.The proposed agenda is below.

1.         Discussion of Executive Committee meeting at Lake LBJ.

2.         Discussion and possible vote on Climate Change Resolution sponsored by the Texas Drought Project.

            Statement -

            Resolution -

3.         Courtesy visit by attorney Olivia Ruiz (part-time Municipal Court Judge seeking full-time appointment to this position by the Austin City Council).

4.         Visit and briefing by Tyler Buckingham representing New Courts for Families, the bond campaign to build a new Civil and Family Courthouse for Travis County.  More here:

5.         Report on the Glen Maxey Roast/Chris Riley Fundraiser.

6.         Report on Pride Parade & Festival.

Glen Maxey Public Service Award

posted Jun 17, 2015, 1:08 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 9:33 AM ]

Please join Austin Stonewall Democrats & Friends as we present Chris Riley with the inaugural "Glen Maxey Public Service Award." The award recognizes a member or an ally of Austin's LGBTQ community who, through public service, has made significant contributions to the quality of life in Austin.

This year's event will be on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin, TX. There will be food and cash bar including a specialty drink. Get your ticket and/or contribute today here.

Suggested Levels:
$350 : Maxey Out for Chris (individual)
$700 : Maxey Out for Chris (couple)
$25 : Out of the Closet until July 15, 2015
$35 : Out of the Closet after July 15, 2015 and at the door
You may also specify other amounts up to $350 for an individual or $700 for a couple

More info about the event here.

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:


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.

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