OMAHA , NE – The DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus is finally official. This afternoon, October 22nd 2016, we met the new, required quorum of 5 LGBTQIA Democrats, with 5 LGB people and 1 straight ally meeting to elect officers, approve a mission statement, approve a nondiscrimination statement, support a platform and adopt bylaws. We also discussed prioritizing support for challenger candidates, Jay Irwin (write-in) – Ralston School Board, Justin Wayne – LD13, and Tony Vargas – LD7. I want to thank Elena Salisbury, Ernest Vining, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, Ford Brown and Keith Putzier for attending helping to make the meeting an outstanding success!
Officers elected were:
Caucus Chair – Ken Riter
Caucus Vice-Chair – Elena Salisbury
Caucus Secretary – Ernest Vining
Parliamentarian – Ford Brown
We are looking to fill 3 positions; Treasurer, and two Community Relations Director roles (one for gender identity and one for a queer or trans person of color) to help boost diversity participation. As the DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus grows, more positions may be created on the Executive Committee to ensure a sense of diversity and engagement.
The DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus is a Volunteer-led Grassroots Progressive LGBTQIA movement within the Douglas County Democratic Party, which focuses on ensuring the enactment of a Bold, Sensible Progressive Equality Agenda in the Democratic Party.
The Mission of the Douglas County LGBTQIA Democrats is to act as a go between for the Douglas County Democratic Party and LGBTQIA Democrats residing in Douglas County. The Caucus will meet monthly on the second or third Saturday of the month at rotating locations. Please call Ken at 531-205-3193 for any questions you have.
OMAHA, NE – The time for Greater Omaha LGBT Political Organizing is long overdue. So what do we do? Sit on our thumbs and hope for the best? NOPE! We are going to get together as one group, one voice and make our issues known. Our issues as members of the LGBT Community have been ignored for far too long. We, as a people, can do something about that. For example, have you ever looked at the make up of the current leadership of the Douglas County Democrats? Well, have a look right here on the Douglas County Democrats Leadership page. Notice how men, women and even those of racial minority backgrounds are represented? There are even positions specifically labeled Minority Representatives. Also, the bylaws dictate that if one Minority rep is male, the other must be female. If the Chairman is male, the Vice-Chair must be female. This is how they ensure both men and women are represented in the party. Here is the link to the Douglas County Democrats Bylaws to find out more. I am confident that if we, as Greater Omaha area’s LGBT Community, put our heads together, we can create some space for ourselves. A space that will allow us the power to ensure that Democratic Candidates in our Greater Omaha area will be people who are considerate supporters of our precious and delicate LGBT issues. But that can only happen if we participate in the political party that has long stood up for our issues on the National stage. Its up to us to make sure the Democratic Party in the Omaha area is up to that task right here. Its takes participation to create those seats to fill, it takes participation to be heard politically.
Please take the poll, I’d like to find out what days of the week will workout for anyone interested in getting involved. Please pick the days that work for you and pick which time of day will also work for you, thanks in advance.
OMAHA, NE – Welcome to the new Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats Blog! Its the dawn of a BLUE day in Omaha’s LGBT Community. Its time for Omaha’s LGBT Democrats and their ever important Straight Allies to rally for political action for civil rights protections, marriage equality, economic justice and fairness for all! In this election year in 2012, we see many of the same hurdles rising up to block our fight for progress. As Ben Gray is about to reintroduce civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, anti LGBT and big government forces rise up to block such legislation in the Nebraska Unicameral with LB912. If we can unite as one political force, we can push back the tide against us, but it takes participation in our democracy. It means taking the time to email, call, mail, whatever you can do to let our politicians know that we are here, we are strong and we want our voices heard. We need to support the politicians who openly support our community, that is how we will help get into a position to further equality legislation and directives. More to come…….