LGBT Caucus



  • Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.

    DA LGBT Caucus Leadership:

    Bob Vallier
    | DA Italy Vice Chair, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair, DAItaly Florence Secretary
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh
    | Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair
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    News

    Pride around the world

    Pride celebrations bring out Americans abroad all around the world each summer, and this year we have seen lots of great activity as our country committees put their rainbow colors on and celebrate the LGBT community. The summer's not over yet so check our events to see where the next parade might be! 

    Thank you to our Panama, Austria, Spain, Canada, Italy and Finland teams for their awesome pictures! 

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    LGBT Caucus Introduction

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 08:30 AM through July 21, 2019 · 1 rsvp
    Motzstrassenfest in Berlin, Germany

    Dems Abroad at Berlin LGBT Streetfest (Volunteers needed!)

    Nollendorfplatz all weekend! At the Berlin Democrats Abroad booth, we need YOUR help for one of the most fun events of the year, greeting half a million people from all over the world!

    It's the Berlin chapter's 7th time participating with our own stand, and we can't do it without people like you to help set up, decorate, staff our booth, clean up, and more!

    Volunteer!

    So grab a friend and Sign up here to volunteer for a couple hours at the booth: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78 - Talk to people about what Democrats Abroad does, register new voters, and be part of a great party (both kinds)!

    We're going to have a blast, and we're looking forward to seeing you all there.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM · 8 rsvps
    Römerberg in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Christopher Street Day Parade - Frankfurt am Main

    June is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) Pride month to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ community. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots.

    To show our support, the Frankfurt Chapter and the Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter plans to walk in the CSD Parade in Frankfurt. To gear up for walking in the parade we would like to organize a poster making get-together.

     

    Further details will follow. Please RSVP to the event if you’re interested in attending.