LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
For the next three months we are building up to our marathon event for Pride in June. Gay pride, or LGBTQ+ pride is “the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals, a cable TV station, and the Pride Library.” (1)
In this issue, we have a call to action for Pride in June from Betsy and a survey from one of our co-chairs, Tre' Shawn L. Griffin-Noordermeer as part of Global Pride 2021 planning. Fred continues his discussion of the Equality Act -- where it is in the Senate. We’d also like to introduce a new member to the newsletter team, Adriana, who writes about the Equality Act and what LGBTQ+ equality means to her. Adriana Smith is an international development consultant who lives with her wife, five dogs, and four cats in the beautiful country of Guatemala.
Betsy & Sarah
Letter from the Editors
Black History Month & Equality Act
This month’s Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ Newsletter is commemorating Black History month, which is an “an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This month event grew out of 'Negro History Week,' the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.”
We welcome Sarah Fancy back, who is recovering from Covid-19.
This Newsletter includes Christian’s article reflecting on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Fred looks at the imminent re-introduction of the Equality Act in Congress and President Biden’s relevant appointments and executive orders. Betsy asks if LGBTQ+ members are interested in DA leadership roles in the upcoming DA elections. As usual, Fenna compiles pertinent events.
Now that we are settling into the Biden administration, we continue to be hopeful as LGBTQ+ Americans.
We hope you enjoy this issue.
Betsy Ettorre & Sarah Fancy
Letter from the Editors
This month we are dedicating our newsletter to voting and taking part in DA’s efforts to get out the vote for ALL of us living abroad. We want to give you some of the newsletter team’s voting stories and why we think it is important to vote, both as Americans AND as Democrats living abroad. The election isn’t just 28 days away, it’s over in 28 days. We can’t let the right-wing silence our voices, deny our rights, and cheat their way to winning. Failure is not an option for all of the people and communities we care about. The election is happening right now as millions of people across the USA cast their ballot early. You cannot sit this one out. Democrats need your voice. Send in your ballot now. Forward this message to your
American friends who live abroad and talk to them about doing the same.
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Sarah Fancy donated 2020-05-27 04:08:40 -0400
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LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair, Germany; Co-editor, LGBTQ+ Caucus newsletter
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. Sarah has been active in Democrats Abroad on and off since she moved from Germany to Galway, Ireland in 2010. She is currently based in Heidelberg, Germany, where she lives with her wife, 2 dogs and several small humans. Sarah is the Co-Editor of the LGBTQ+ Caucus Democrats Abroad newsletter, and is also the new Chair of the LGBTQ+ Caucus for Germany.