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State of the LGBT Caucus

Posted by jkerns on January 18th, 2013

The2012 Logo small2 LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon (aka Oregon Stonewall Democrats) continues to be active and strong in the Party.  We were extremely successful in exceeding our objectives during 2012 and we will not relent in ensuring that the Democratic Party continues to focus on our issues.  Below are the highlights of our activity and successes.

 

  • We supported Suzanne Bonamici during the Congressional special election in January 2012 by volunteering, phone banking, and sending out mass emails and social media posts that encouraged our members to become involved in her campaign.  We were excited when Bonamici won the election!
  • The Caucus successfully added four Legislative Action Items (LAI) to the 2012 platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) during the Platform Convention last April. Of those LAIs, two received enough votes to be in the top 12 priority LAIs for the party. LAIs express the vision and goals of the party. This success represents months of work and planning by Caucus members.  Click here  to read about those LAI’s and their importance.
  • We were very successful in recruiting and electing delegates to the DNC Convention in Charlotte.  The DPO goal of LGBT Delegates from Oregon was eight.  The Caucus was excited to have 14 LGBT delegates representing Oregon at the DNC Convention.  Caucus Treasurer Cris Land was even mentioned in media.  Click here to read more.
  • The media took note of our activity on several occasions.  Here’s one story from PQ Monthly.
  • We supported candidates in a number of ways. In addition to raising visibility about them among our members, we contributed financial resources directly to them, held a number of house parties in order to raise more funds, and volunteered directly on several of the campaigns.  We focused much of our support during the general election on the following candidates: Kate Brown, Tina Kotek, Claudia Kyle, and Nena Cook.
  • In December, the DPO unanimously approved a Caucus resolution  urging the State legislature to enact a law banning the use of reparative therapy to attempt changing the sexual orientation of minors in Oregon. The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.   We are leading an effort in collaboration with other organizations to get this passed.  This year we are focused on researching and setting the ground work for legislative action for the 2014 session.
  • Laura Calvo became the first elected Transgender woman to the DNC.  Read the DPO press release here.  The story was even picked up by the Oregonian.

I would like to thank every active member that helped us achieve these goals of the past year!  I especially want to acknowledge the work and dedication of our Executive Committee and regional liaisons.  Those people are as follows:

Elected Officers:

  • Joey Kerns, Chair
  • Michael Miles, Vice Chair
  • Laura Calvo, Immediate Past Chair
  • Cris Land, Treasurer
  • Mike Schryver, Communications Secretary
  • Jim Freed, Recording Secretary
  • Heather McDaniel, Chair of the Multnomah Democrats GLBT Caucus

Appointed Members:

  • Sam Sappington, Liaison, National Stonewall Democrats Leadership Council
  • Debra Porta, Membership Committee Chair

Regional Liaisons:

  • Patrick Vroman, Klamath County
  • Gregg Moreland, Marion County
  • Carmen Dunnington, Clatsop County
  • Linda Werner, Tillamook County
  • John Mundy, Deschutes County

Please contact me if you want to become a Regional Liaison.

In solidarity,

Joey Kerns, Chair

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First Transgender Woman Elected to DNC from OR and DPO Approves Caucus Resolution to Ban Reparative Therapy

Posted by jkerns on January 9th, 2013

The December 9th Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) State Central Committee Meeting (SCC) yielded important milestones for the LGBT community, both locally and nationwide.  The DPO and its LGBT caucus proudly welcome Laura Calvo as an elected member to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  Laura will be the second transgender woman elected nationwide to the DNC. Laura currently serves as DPO Treasurer and is a member of the DPO administration committee. Laura is also a former Board Member of the National Stonewall Democrats and has worked for many years promoting social justice causes along the West Coast.

 

In related news, the SCC voted unanimously to approve a resolution urging the State legislature to enact a law banning the use of reparative therapy to attempt changing the sexual orientation of minors in Oregon. The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.

 

Says LGBT caucus Chair Joey Kerns, “The DPO LGBT Caucus drafted and advocated for the adoption of the resolution. This recent success is a major step in our path to ending the harmful practice of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for minors in Oregon.”

 

These two actions, along with the recent selection of Oregon State Representative Tina Kotek to be the first openly lesbian lawmaker to lead a state legislative chamber in the United States, provide a wonderful close to an amazing year of “firsts” for the LGBT community.  We applaud the DPO and look forward to further positive change in the state of Oregon.

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DPO Committee Recommends Resolution to Ban Reparative Therapy for Minors

Posted by Mike Schryver on November 30th, 2012

UPDATE: The DPO State Central Committee adopted the resolution on Sunday with a unanimous vote!  It is now official opinion of the Democratic Party of Oregon!

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An amended version of our resolution regarding banning reparative therapy for minors passed the Democratic Party of Oregon Platform and Resolutions Committee last night on a vote of 12 to 1. If you are an SCC member, the Caucus encourages you to attend the December 9 SCC meeting and vote in favor of the resolution.

Below is the resolution that will be brought to the floor for a vote.

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Resolution No. _2012-052____   A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON REGARDING REPARATIVE THERAPY

WHEREAS the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts in 2009, which states: “[The American Psychological Association] advises parents, guardians, young people, and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder and to seek psychotherapy, social support, and educational services that provide accurate information on sexual orientation and sexuality, increase family and school support, and reduce rejection of sexual minority youth;” AND

WHEREAS the American Psychiatric Association’s a position statement in March 2000  stated: “Psychotherapeutic modalities to convert or ‘repair’ homosexuality are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable…Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation;” AND

WHEREAS the American School Counselor Association’s position statement on professional school counselors and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth states: “It is not the role of the professional school counselor to attempt to change a student’s sexual orientation/gender identity but instead to provide support to LGBTQ students to promote student achievement and personal well-being;” AND

WHEREAS the National Association of Social Workers issued a 1997 policy statement which stated: “Social stigmatization of lesbian, gay and bisexual people is widespread and is a primary motivating factor in leading some people to seek sexual orientation changes. Sexual orientation conversion therapies assume that homosexual orientation is both pathological and freely chosen. No data demonstrates that reparative or conversion therapies are effective, and, in fact, they may be harmful;” AND   WHEREAS The American Psychoanalytic Association’s June 2012 position statement reads: “As with any societal prejudice, bias against individuals based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression negatively affects mental health, contributing to an enduring sense of stigma and pervasive self-criticism through the internalization of such prejudice….Psychoanalytic technique does not encompass purposeful attempts to ‘convert,’ ‘repair,’ change or shift an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression;”AND

WHEREAS minors who experience family rejection based on their sexual orientation face especially serious health risks. In one study, lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection. [Caitlin Ryan et al., Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults (2009) 123 Pediatrics 346]; AND

WHEREAS the State of Oregon has a compelling interest to protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts; AND

WHEREAS the State of California enacted Senate Bill 1172 into law in 2012 providing that “no mental health provider shall provide minors with therapy intended to change their sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:    The Democratic Party of Oregon urges the State of Oregon to enact a law similar to the California law prohibiting the use of      “reparative” or Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE)  therapy on minors.

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Democratic Party of Oregon Election Night Celebration

Posted by jkerns on November 6th, 2012

Join us for election night! Oregon Democrats, Democratic candidates, and Democratic Elected Officials will gather in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton hotel in downtown Portland on Election Night (Nov. 6) at 7:30 PM to watch the election coverage and celebrate candidates and volunteers.

http://dpo.org/events/2012-11-06/democratic-party-oregon-election-night-celebration

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Resolution regarding Reparative Therapy

Posted by Mike Schryver on October 15th, 2012

The GLBT Caucus (Oregon Stonewall Democrats) recently passed the following resolution. We will work with the Party and elected officials to see this through. Who is with us?

Resolution of The Democratic Party of Oregon Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and
Transgender Caucus (DPO GLBT Caucus) Regarding Reparative Therapy

WHEREAS, a 2007 task force of the American Psychological Association (APA) found that there was
very little methodologically sound research on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) (also known
as “reparative therapy”) and that the results of scientifically valid research indicate that it is unlikely that
individuals will be able to reduce same-sex attractions or increase other-sex sexual attractions through
reparative therapy, and;

WHEREAS, the same APA task force found that “there are no methodologically sound studies of recent
SOCE that would enable the task force to make a definitive statement about whether or not recent SOCE
is safe or harmful”, and;

WHEREAS, the APA affirms that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are
normal and positive variations of human sexuality regardless of sexual orientation identity, and;

WHEREAS, many studies have found that highly rejected LGBT young people—such as those forced
to partake in reparative therapy by their families—were eight times more likely to commit suicide, six
times as likely to report high levels of depression, and three times as likely to use illegal drugs (San
Francisco State University Family Project; Human Rights Campaign), and;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The DPO GLBT Caucus desires the state of Oregon to enact a law similar to the law enacted in California
declaring that, “no mental health provider shall provide minors with therapy intended to change their
sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or
reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

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“Trans United for Obama”

Posted by jkerns on August 29th, 2012

The Caucus is excited to have 15 LGBT delegates representing Oregon at the DNC Convention.  Our own Cris Land is mentioned in this article at http://www.transunitedforobama.org/delegates.html

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2000, Jane Fee of Minnesota was the first transgender delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 2004, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas sent transgender people in their delegation to Boston. In 2008, “gender identity” was included in the Democratic platform at the Denver National Convention and Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas sent delegates. Now, in 2012, we have our largest and most diverse contingent of openly transgender delegates. In 2009, the DNC added “Gender Identity” not only as a characteristic of non-discrimination, but also as a characteristic of full inclusion within the party. The language of the 2012 Democratic Platform will be fully inclusive of transgender people’s civil rights.

 

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See us in PQ Monthly

Posted by Mike Schryver on August 20th, 2012

Joey Kerns, Stonewall Oregon Chair

Photo of Joey Kerns by Jules Garza, PQ Monthly

The Stonewall Dems made it to PQ Monthly this month, as Chair Joey Kerns talks about our
work at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s Platform Convention, and our presence at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. From the article:

“LGBTQ rights have, as most everyone knows, sprung to the forefront of the national debate: marriage, adoption, Chick-fil-A, you name it — it’s probably queer-related. In addition to the big, welcome news that the Democratic Party will include marriage equality in its platform, it’s comforting to know there are plenty of Oregonians working hard here at home to ensure equality remains at the forefront.

Case in point: the Oregon Stonewall Democrats. Otherwise known as the Democratic Party of Oregon’s LGBTQ Caucus, the Stonewall Dems honed in on specific Legislative Action Items (otherwise known as political objectives) during the state convention and made sure ample queer representation makes it to the National Convention.”

http://www.pqmonthly.com/stonewall-dems-make-their-mark-in-oregon-and-nationally/

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DPO GLBT Caucus Successful with 2012 DPO Platform

Posted by jkerns on June 21st, 2012

The DPO GLBT Caucus (aka Oregon Stonewall Democrats) successfully added four Legislative Action Items (LAI) to the 2012 platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) during the Platform Convention in April.  Of those LAIs, two received enough votes to be in the top 12 priority LAIs for the party.  LAIs express the vision and goals of the party. This success represents months of work and planning by Caucus members.

Joey Kerns, Chair of the DPO GLBT Caucus, said, “The Caucus strategized and collaborated with our allies in the party to ensure that the DPO continues its commitment to focus on GLBT issues.  Much gratitude goes out to every Caucus member that drafted the LAIs, served as delegates at the Convention, and voted in bloc. We also thank all Convention delegates that voted for our LAIs.  This is great news for both the GLBT community and the Democratic Party.”

The following LAIs are now included in the top 12 goals of the DPO:

  • Immediately pass the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Reinstate status and benefits for service members previously discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).
  • Ensure full marriage equality for same-sex Oregon couples and effect full legal recognition for same-sex unions of other jurisdictions including the repeal of Oregon Constitution Article 15, Section 5a (Ballot Measure 36 of 2004) that bans marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The following LAIs are included in the 2012 DPO Platform:

  • Adopt a comprehensive Oregon health care system that provides universal coverage accessible to all Oregonians, and that does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, immigration status, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  • Ensure freedom from discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity as modeled by the Oregon Equality Act. Ensure the opportunity to serve the country, marry, and live life solely in accordance with their ability and desire without the specter of discrimination.

The DPO GLBT Caucus envisions an increasingly, mutually beneficial relationship between the Democratic Party and the GLBT community.   The Caucus envisions a Democratic Party that continues to be influenced by the opinions and actions of the Caucus, thereby advancing full equality.

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Oregon’s LGBT DNC Delegate Candidates

Posted by jkerns on June 1st, 2012

The DPO has established a diversity goal of eight lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) DNC Delegates from Oregon.  The following candidates have self-identified as qualifying for this diversity goal.  The LGBT Caucus has not verified the accuracy of the candidates’ statements or their identified sexual orientation or gender identity.  The LGBT Caucus encourages all voters to vote for these candidates. 

 

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 1:

Sandra Anderson

Nancy Wilder

Gregg Moreland

Philip Nielsen

Lawrence Taylor

Chris Busby

Cris Land

Doug Walters

LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 1:

Sandra Anderson

Nancy Wilder

Hillary Smith

Lee Coleman

Gregg Moreland

Philip Nielsen

Lawrence Taylor

Kevin Walding

Chris Busby

Cris Land

Doug Walters

George Schmitz

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 2:

(2A):

Kris York

Michael Miles

Ben Allen

Patrick Vroman

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 2:

(2B):

John Mundy

 LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 2:

(2A):

Pam Smith

Devon Dorn

Kris York

Bonnie Cameron

Michael Miles

Ben Allen

Patrick Vroman

LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 2:

(2B):

John Mundy

William Herz

Paul Homan

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 3:

Cheryl Santiago

Carla “KC” Hanson

Ellen Flenniken

Erica Thatcher

Geiner Vindas-Obando

Ray Crider

Peter Leahy

Elliott Moore

Eduardo Morales

Emily S. Ryan

LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 3:

Cheryl Santiago

Ellen Flenniken

Erica Thatcher

Wendy Lindig

L. Smith Jaxon

Camille Hopkins

Geiner Vindas-Obando

Jeffrey Hanneson

Laura Calvo

Chad Cotant

Ray Crider

Peter Leahy

Steven Kay

Justin Myers

Christian Rogers

Matthew Mattera

Elliott Moore

Jessica Ventura

Eduardo Morales

Emily S. Ryan

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 4:

Rebecca Flynn

Matthew Keating

Mario Parker-Milligan

 LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 4:

Lillene Fifield

Rebecca Flynn

Ann Foland

Kevin Cronin

Matthew Keating

Mario Parker-Milligan

Gregory “Manny” Garcia

LGBT Candidates for National Delegates Congressional District 5:

Brian Albert

James Freed

Carol McMann

LGBT Candidates for State Convention Congressional District 5:

Harry “Sam” Sappington

Brian Albert

James Freed

Carol McMann

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