Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Vice Chair

I’m passionate about participation and the right of every US citizen to abroad to engage in issues they care about and exercise their right to vote. I've been volunteering with Democrats Abroad since 2003 and I'm now in my second term as one of eight Democrats Abroad elected representatives on the DNC. Also: Founding Chair of the DA LGBTQ+ caucus and current Vice Chair, Chair of the LGBT Immigration Task Force, co-lead of the DA Voter Protection team. Former Chair (2011-2015) and Vice Chair (2015-2017) of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (2012). Former love exile. I live in the Netherlands and vote in California.

  • Fight for Our Reproductive Rights - Take Action Now!



    The Supreme Court, packed with radical right-wing judges by Trump and Mitch McConnell, just made women second-class citizens. Women no longer have control over their own bodies. People will be forced to give birth against their will, and doctors will fear prison for treating those with complicated pregnancies.

    This is the first time in US history that a fundamental right has been TAKEN AWAY. If Republicans retake power in November, Americans will be ruled by a minority of radical extremists.

    *WE MUST MOBILIZE EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2022*. Register and vote, and ask your friends to register and vote.



    10:00 - 11:00 -  We will have speakers discuss the situation, how we got there, and what we need to do now. We will have a speaker joining us from Texas who will give us a sense of the situation on the ground there. We will also, give attendees time to speak out.

    11:00 - 12:00 - We will have a quick phone banking training so we can immediately take action by calling our members who vote in battleground states. The majority of our members have not requested an absentee ballot yet!


    Sign up for the Dialing for Democracy Event


    We must maintain legislative control of our government to protect our rights.  In order to do that we will participate in Dialing for Democracy and help get out the vote.  Getting our members to request an absentee ballot is an important step in securing our rights. We must outvote the regressive Republicans! We must expand the Senate Majority, hold on to the House, and win key races at the state and local levels.




    June 26, 2022 at 10:00am
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  • rsvped for NC Senate Candidate Event 2022-06-24 11:01:47 -0400

    NC Senate Candidate Event with Cheri Beasley

    Come meet the phenomenal US Senate Candidate from North Carolina!

    Cheri Beasley is a mom, former public defender, judge, and the first Black woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She’s spent her life fighting to uphold the law and keep communities safe – and as U.S. Senator, she’ll fight to lower costs, create good-paying jobs and expand access to affordable, quality health care in every part of North Carolina.

    Join the DA North Carolinians Abroad State Team to welcome Cheri Beasley, Democratic nominee for US Senate!

    WHEN: Sunday, June 26th at 8:45am EDT/ 2:45pm CEST

    RSVP for the Zoom link!

    You can also join our NC team to help pave the way to the Midterms and Turn NC Blue!

    June 26, 2022 at 8:45am
    141 rsvps

  • rsvped for Intergenerational Dialogue 2022-06-21 14:42:23 -0400

    Intergenerational Dialogue


    Join the LGBTQ+ Caucus and the Youth Caucus for an open and free-wheeling Intergenerational Dialogue.  Panelists from both caucuses will talk about their histories--of coming out, of oppression, of struggle--and we'll compare notes about life for LGBTQ+ people in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and in the new millennium.  We'll also discuss how the issues confronting our community and the language we use to describe ourselves and our lives have changed and evolved over time.

    June 30, 2022 at 1:00pm
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for Climate Cafe - June 2022-06-05 04:07:21 -0400

    Climate Cafe - June



    June is LGBTQ (Gay) Pride Month. Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals.

    Our cafe topic this month is Queer Ecology. Queer ecology disrupts prevailing heterosexist understandings of gender, sexuality, and nature. Queer Ecologies stands as a powerful corrective to views that equate "natural" with "straight" while "queer" is held to be against nature.

    We hope you will join us for an interesting and enlightening discussion.



    Location Event Start Time
    Washington, USA 6:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 11:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 12:00 CEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14:00 GST
    New Delhi, India 15:30 IST
    Bangkok, Thailand 17:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 18:00 CST
    Melbourne, Australia 20:00 AEST
    Fiji Time, FJT 22:00 FJT


    RVSP today to receive the zoom link.


    June 28, 2022 at 12:00pm
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  • Demystifying the Democratic National Committee (DNC) - Afterwork with Democrats Abroad Western Sweden

    You are invited to join Democrats Abroad-Western Sweden Chapter for our June afterwork. Like our recent afterworks, this one will be hybrid - in-person in Göteborg and online on WebEx.

    In November 2020, we held our first DNC event ("Meet the DNC") with our Democrats Abroad members of the DNC, and it was a great success! Six DNC members attended, leading to excellent questions from the audience and spirited discussion.

    For our June afterwork, we'll be continuing that conversation: Discussing the structure and function of the DNC while once again opening the bulk of the time to discussion.

    Joining in-person? At John Scott's Linné, go up one flight, and look for the meeting room.

    Joining online? RSVP for the WebEx link. If you have questions or difficulties connecting, contact Joel Parthemore (see contact info below or message on FB).

    We look forward to seeing you in-person or online!

    June 28, 2022 at 6:00pm
    Hybrid: Web-Ex and Gothenburg
    John Scott's Linné
    38 Linnégatan
    Göteborg 41304
    Google map and directions
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  • tagged Diane Haven's Proud mom and dad of Lesbian Air Force Officer with approved 2021-06-08 12:38:09 -0400

    Proud mom and dad of Lesbian Air Force Officer

    My daughter, Kayla, is a superstar! She was selected twice as company grade officer of the year, and she is promoting to Major this year. Kayla is stationed in Germany and met a beautiful German woman, Didi. They are now engaged. However, Kayla wants to get married before transferring back to the United States. She is afraid of the Supreme Court rescinding some of their decisions--especially on gay marriage. The LGBTQ community do not deserve to feel the burden of 'being different' societal or through our legal justice system. PASS THE EQUALITY ACT!! Doug and Diane Haven

  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2021-03-19 11:24:27 -0400

  • The Equal Rights Act is long overdue - now is the time!

    The ERA was a hot topic when I was in high school in the 1970s. One of my friends claimed that the ERA would give men the right to use women's bathrooms. Women would be at risk. Where did my friend get this? At church. A scare tactic to drum up opposition to equal rights for all. Some things never change: we're hearing the same fear mongering today to justify laws that bar transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Equality is about improving lives. It’s nothing to be afraid of. The best way to protect girls and women is to guarantee us equal rights under the US Constitution. Martha, a California voter living in the Netherlands

  • wants to volunteer 2021-02-12 07:23:58 -0500

    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge



    Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

    • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
    • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:












    • Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
    • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
    • Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
    • We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.


    Become a volunteer

  • signed up on GOTV signup 2020-09-05 13:38:38 -0400

    GOTV signup

    Click below to receive periodic updates from the GOTV and Voting Rights teams regarding our voting rights work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

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  • donated on ActBlue via 2022-06-02 04:18:00 -0400

  • signed up on Join the Tax Mailing List 2020-08-01 17:36:09 -0400

    Taxation Task Force Signup

    Click below to receive periodic updates from the Taxation Task Force on our tax advocacy work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

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  • signed up on AAPI Signup 2020-07-29 11:33:12 -0400

  • Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC Representative, Global

    I’m running for DNC Representative because I care about the lives of Americans living abroad and their families. I will serve Democrats Abroad as an advocate for our platform and make our needs known at all levels of the DNC. I have been working for legislative change as an advocate and activist for almost two decades. I will bring stories of our lived experiences abroad to critical issues, such as universal access to affordable healthcare, tax reform, immigration and the climate crisis. As an LGBT woman, I bring diverse representation to the DA DNC team. Having a strong and diverse team expands DA’s reach and enables us to work hand in hand with the constituencies, caucuses, and councils that comprise the DNC.

  • donated on ActBlue via 2020-04-13 07:54:06 -0400

  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2018-02-12 02:39:54 -0500

  • posted about No financial worries when recovering from hosptalization #DAresists #Medicare4all on Facebook 2017-09-20 09:18:51 -0400
    Healthcare Stories: No financial worries when recovering from hosptalization #DAresists #Medicare4all

    No financial worries when recovering from hosptalization #DAresists #Medicare4all

    In the Netherlands, I spent 2 weeks in the hospital to treat a major infection. I never saw a bill. I didn't have to worry about how I was going to pay. My treatment in the hospital and recovery at home was fully covered and all administration was handled by the insurance company. I could focus on getting well.

  • signed up on LGBTQ+ Signup 2017-06-18 14:29:58 -0400

  • @McDevittPugh tweeted link to Women's Caucus. 2017-03-21 05:56:29 -0400
    Check out Democrats Abroad. I just joined.


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DemsAbroad DNC Rep, Vice Chair LGBTQ+ Caucus. Founder Love Exiles, Hampshire College alum. She/her 🚴🏽‍♀️