Posted by jkerns on January 18th, 2013
The 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:
- 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
- Sam Sappington, Liaison, National Stonewall Democrats Leadership Council
- Debra Porta, Membership Committee Chair
- 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.
Joey Kerns, Chair
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