LGBT Caucus

  • LGBTQ+ Immigration: our families, DACA and detention ~ Webinar ~ May 19th

    Join the Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ caucus for an update on issues impacting LGBTQ+ families abroad and LGBTQ+ immigrants and asylum seekers in the USA. 

    Immigration Equality Executive Director Aaron Morris and Legal Director Bridget Crawford will provide an update on LGBTQ+ immigration in the USA and their lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the birthright citizenship of children born abroad to same-sex couples.

    DATE: Tuesday, May 19

    TIME:   10:30 PDT (PDT/San Francisco, Seattle)

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    DA LGBT Caucus Leadership:

    Tre' Griffin-Noordermeer
    | NL Secretary / Voting Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh
    | Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair
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    Meet the Team

    Co-Editors: Betsy Ettorre & Sarah Fancy

    Betsy Ettorre has lived abroad since 1972 and came out as lesbian in 1975. Betsy comes from Connecticut and did her graduate degree in the UK. She worked as a feminist academic in UK and Finland for a long time, and has been a member of DA since 2004 – in DA UK (2004-2016) and in DA Finland (2018 -- the present). She is an elected member (Member at Large) of the DA Finland Country Committee and of the DA LGBTQ+ Global Caucus. During her time abroad, she has witnessed many changes, both positive and negative, in the American political system. However, at present she is involved in helping to get the vote out for the forthcoming presidential election and maintaining a razor-sharp focus on unity, equality, human rights, dignity for all, election integrity, social and environmental justice, and unambiguous democracy. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she wants us to take back our rights -- rights that continue to be jeopardized by the current USA administration.





    Originally from Rochester, Michigan, Sarah Fancy has lived abroad since 1992. Sarah studied German and English Literature at the University of Michigan, did a year abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and later earned an MBA in Global Management. Her career as a technical editor, translator, and knowledge manager spans almost 30 years and three countries: Ireland, Germany, and the US. Sarah took the winding path to coming out at 43, with a few diversions along the way. She has four children, ranging in ages from 22 to 11. When she met her now wife Kim (who is British) at an essential oil convention in London in 2015, planets collided and she knew what she (finally) needed to do. She joined Democrats Abroad when she moved to Galway in 2010, and was excited to visit the Obama  ancestral home” in Moneygall, Ireland of Barack Obama on his 50th birthday. Sarah is excited to be the co-editor of the new LGBTQ+ newsletter and is looking forward to working with the team.

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    LGBTQ+ Country Voices: Dumped, dating, and discrimination in Covid Paris

    One Sunday morning in late February in Paris, my boyfriend announced that our relationship was over. 

    The next day I began couch surfing with friends, and a week later France entered lockdown to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. Change was everywhere.

    A month into living out of a suitcase at my friend Etienne’s, his ears bleeding from my breakup rants, he suggested that it might do me some good to live alone. Taking the hint, I packed up and moved to a sublet.

    The first night there, in no mood to rewatch Black Mirror, I did what newly single gay men do with time and a smartphone: I downloaded Grindr.

    Grindr is the “largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people.” Members see other members in their vicinity, and can share messages, photos, and their location.

    Half asleep, I tried to create a profile in the time it took to brush my teeth. Keep it simple,I reminded myself. But who was I kidding? My go at simplicity led to selfie taking to show I was sexy, yet approachable, passionate, yet carefree. In the end, the pics just looked like I had not seen the sun since 2019.

    This time around, my time on Grindr has produced varied results.

    I have encountered the usual suspects: the courtroom stenographers, who woo with “Sup,” or its cousin, “Wut u up 2”; or the macho, “discreet” types who send emojis of fruit and water features (usually an eggplant, peach, and splash icon, but not necessarily in that order).

    Of all the Grindr guys, though, there is one type that irritates me: the ones who see, first and foremost, my ethnicity, and not much else. The ones treating my Korean origins as a continent-wide topic, like one of those catch-all Asian restaurants in strip malls, with names like Great Wall Sushi Thai Lotus House.

    Anonymous 1 told me, for example, “You’re kinda tall to be Asian.” I asked why he felt the need to generalize, and he replied saying that denying Asians are short would be denying reality.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM · 115 rsvps

    Cleve Jones "This not my first pandemic"

    Cleve Jones will speak about "This is not my first pandemic" to Democrats Abroad in a webinar hosted by Solidarity Sundays Austria and the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTI Caucus.  

    Cleve will discuss and draw the parallels between the AIDS and COVID-19 government then and now. Both pandemics began with a Republican president in the White House who did not perceive the gravity of the situation and failed to lead the country.

    Date: Sunday, May 31st

    Time: 17:00 (CEST/Paris)/ 11:00 AM (EDT/New York)

    08:00 PDT (San Francisco, Seattle)

    10:00 CDT (Mexico City, Chicago) 

    11:00 EDT (New York, Washington D.C., Florida)

    16:00 GMT (London)

    17:00 CEST (PARIS, Spain, Germany, Sweden)

    00:00 JST (Tokyo)

    Learn more about Cleve Jones 

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    Help support DA’s phone banking efforts! Your $5 donation will help us reach 25 voters. Please donate today by clicking here and kindly make a donation for this event!

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 02:00 PM · 22 rsvps

    Drag Bingo Fundraiser!

    Pride events around the world have been canceled, but Pride remains. Join a global virtual Drag Queen Bingo evening and help Democrats Abroad get out the vote in 2020!!!


    This will be a wild night hosted by a fabulous drag queen, with prizes, and performances!

    Date:  Saturday, June 13th

    Time:   20:00-22:00 CEST (Paris, Vienna) | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT (San Francisco)

    13:00 CDT (Mexico City, Chicago) 

    02:00-04:00 PM (EDT New York, Toronto, Washington D.C.)

    19:00 BST (London)

    03:00 JST (Tokyo)

    Please RSVP to receive the meeting link information.

    Visit us on Facebook: Drag Bingo Fundraiser

    Help support DA’s phone banking efforts! Your $10 donation will help us call 50 voters. Please donate today by clicking here and kindly make a donation for this event!!!

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar!