OMAHA, NE – The Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats held their first meeting Sunday night, March 11th, 2012 at the 13st Coffeehouse. An informal meeting was conducted, and informal minutes were taken, but I will summarize our discussion. The meeting had 6 attendees, all males. We are definitely in need of a wider variety of attendees! I’d like to see all letters represented, including lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, as well as straight allies and any questioning types and intersexed individuals, if they are in the area. Increased racial diversity would also be a plus. If are going to stand up for LGBT issues, as many people as possible in the LGBT Community should be represented! We discussed some of the things the group would be involved in, for example: voter registration drives, collectively choosing an LGBT friendly candidate and assisting those candidates with their campaigns. I also believe the group could become a very important source of information for the local LGBT Community for politics as well as educating the community in the democratic process. The group could also be instrumental in organizing volunteers for our chosen candidates as well as doing work within the local Democratic Party. I did mention that I would like to see the group grow into a local Stonewall Democrat Chapter, but that is NOT the primary goal. Right now, we need to grow our numbers and network so each attendee agreed to bring 2 people with them at the next meeting which is scheduled for Sunday March 25th, 2012 at 7pm at 13st Coffeehouse.
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OMAHA, NE – The Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats will have their first meeting on Sunday, March 11th, 2012 at 7pm at the 13th Street CoffeeHouse in the Omaha Old Market. Some of the items on the agenda attendees may be discussing include the group’s purpose within the Democratic Party, LGBT issues, and formation of an LGBT Democratic Club to name a few. The meeting will be informal and will serve as an instrument of discussion. The Omaha area is a developing Democratic Party hotspot, as displayed by Obama’s 2008 win of Nebraska’s 2nd District and Jim Suttle’s 2009 upset over former Mayor Hal Daub and a bogus recall attempt help demonstrate that claim. It is very important that the Omaha area’s LGBT Community rise with the Democrats in political organization to be sure that our issues are not left on the side. Gwen Howard and John Ewing, both running for Nebraska’s 2nd District, had a debate sponsored by the Douglas County Democrats, but no LGBT issues were discussed. We have to change that, and we can change that by organizing politically and becoming directly involved in the processes of the local Democratic Party. How we can do that will be discussed at these type of meetings. Bring your questions and we will discuss the answers, hope to see you there 😀
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…….