Global LGBTQ+ Caucus


    Congratulations to our President and Vice President Elect!

    "A new day has come to America and the world. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the White House, and democracy will prevail!

    Joe Biden will be a president for all America, healing the divisions that have so fragmented the country. He is a thoughtful statesman, and an experienced legislator and leader, but above all he is a truly empathetic and kind person.

    We are thrilled to have elected Kamala Harris as Vice President. A groundbreaking leader, her legal and senatorial careers have more than demonstrated her keen intelligence, progressive values, and ability to build coalitions. She will be a role model for generations.

    Thank you to all of our voters and volunteers for your efforts! We have risen to the challenge of our time, and our votes have been the margin of victory in this historic win.

    We look forward to working with the 117th Congress and Biden administration to bring our voices to the table in the coming months."

    Julia Bryan

    Global Chair of Democrats Abroad

    DA Global LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership:

    Bob Vallier
    | LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair, DA Italy Vice Chair, Chair - Central Italy Chapter
    Betsy Ettorre
    | Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force and Medicare Portability Task Force
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh
    | Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Vice Chair
    Juan Cerda
    | DAF-Paris Chair; Solidarity Sundays EMEA Coordinator
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    LGBTQ+ Caucus Statment Regarding the Aftermath of the Dobbs Decision


    Last Friday, the Supreme Court issued a chilling decision overturning Roe, striking down a well-established precedent of 50 years, and for the first time ever, taking away a Constitutional right.  It will not be the last time.

    This decision will have an immense and immensely negative impact on the bodily autonomy of women (as well as transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people who can give birth), their right to seek and obtain affordable health care, and their ability to control their own reproductive systems.  At least 26 states have passed restrictive bans and criminalized the efforts of both individuals and doctors to administer the health care that is in the best interest of the patient and have even curtailed the right of the patient to make decisions in their own best interest (1). And now, both Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell are indicating that they will not rest until this ban is nationwide.

    It goes without saying, but let us say it anyway, loudly and clearly:  this decision is deplorable and dangerously regressive for all Americans.

    But this decision affects not only women, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people and their health care providers, in no small part because what was overturned on Friday was not merely the right to abortion, but rather and arguably, more importantly, the right to privacy. Fundamentally what Roe affirmed was the finding first articulated in Griswold that although it is not explicitly stated in the Constitution, a right to privacy does exist in the penumbra of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. That right to privacy is now very much in doubt.

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    April LGBTQ+ Newsletter

    Editorial: The Gay Agenda for 2022

    by Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DA LGBTQ+ Global Caucus vice chair

    The DAUK LGBTQ+ Caucus kicked off this election year with a discussion of “The Gay Agenda" for 2022.

    During the webinar, we heard from Sam Alleman, LGBTQ+ Coalitions Director at the DNC, to hear about measures the Biden Administration has taken to advance protections for LGBTQ+ people. These efforts started with signing executive orders on LGBTQ+ rights within hours of taking the oath of office — including preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation and the whole-of-government initiative establishing efforts to advance equity and justice for communities who have been left behind, underserved, or discriminated against by federal policies, laws, and programs, including LGBTQ+ communities. They also included lifting the ban on transgender military service and providing Americans with same-sex partners with an equal pathway to registering their children born abroad as U.S. citizens.

    I joined Alleman to speak about the state of play across the country — and the role each of us has to play in advancing LGBTQ+ rights ahead of the midterm elections. The event was moderated by Caroline Ruchonnet and organized by DAUK LGBTQ+ Caucus chair Austin Allaire.

    Republican state legislatures across the country have been targeting some of society’s most vulnerable — LGBTQ+ youth. Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been filed in the first three months of 2022 alone, half of them targeting transgender people. From Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill to Iowa’s new anti-trans sports law, we are seeing Republicans enact a hateful, bigoted agenda which jeopardizes the hard-won progress of the LGBTQ+ community.

    LGBTQ+ issues are expected to be highlighted throughout the 2022 election cycle, making it critical that Democrats use the opportunity to speak to the issues. Relational organizing will be more important than ever — checking in with friends and family to find out if they’re registered and ready to vote.

    The panel noted that getting out the vote in the 2022 midterms is as important as it was in 2018 and 2020, when Democrats took power in the House, Senate and won the presidency. With Democrats Abroad mobilizing voters in all 50 states, DA is a good partner for the DNC and the DNC LGBTQ Caucus, to bring attention to local and state issues while encouraging Americans overseas to vote. U.S. democracy itself is at stake.

    If you missed it, you can watch the event here.

    (Let us know what you think about anything you read in the Newsletter. Or let us know if there’s something we should cover. Email us your feedback to [email protected].)

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 06:30 PM Time · 23 rsvps
    Apogé in Paris, France

    DA France LGBTQ+ Caucus January Social Meet & Greet

    February 16, 2023* DA France LGBTQ+ Caucus January Social Meet & Greet

    Democrats Abroad France LGBTQ+ Caucus invites you to join us in welcoming in the New Year 2023 at a social meet and greet.

    This is a great opportunity to kick off the new year by connecting with fellow LGBTQ+ Democrats for social conversation, to celebrate our wins in the mid-term elections, and to discuss politics, current events and issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community in France and in the US.

    As a reminder: all DAF members and their American friends are always welcome to attend DAF LGBTQ+ Caucus events. 

    Motivating, diverse, informative, and fun - DAF LGBTQ+ events never disappoint. We really hope to see you there!

    *The date of the event has been changed due to a national strike that is scheduled to take place on Thursday January 19th. 

    There is no charge for this event but PLEASE NOTE:

    *** Apogé is graciously providing this comfortable space--une cave & bar à vins--for us.
    They offer a large selection of wines as well as as artisanal beers, non-alcoholic drinks, and a variety of food choices for purchase. ***


    Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 18:30 - 21:30


    Apogé, 61 avenue Pierre Mendès-France
    75013 Paris
    Métro: line 5 Gare d'Austerlitz - Lines 1/14 Gare de Lyon - line 6 Quai de la