NL Secretary / Voting Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair

I believe that our party needs to represent the people it serves and that it must be more inclusive. Public service is my biggest passion, for, how can one complain without putting forward the smallest amount of effort? . I want to help build a truly inclusive Democratic Party that captures the voices that represent the diversity of America. Pressing to make sure the voices of Americans Abroad are heard and included creating a truly unified party. We must not shun change, nor lack in inclusion, nor falter on platform. United we must resist and persist.

  • Global Virtual Pride Marathon 2021

    Join Democrats Abroad LGTBQ+ Caucus for a day long Pride Celebration as we share our stories.

    It is a day filled with discussion, videos , a bit of history, poetry, music, games, a raffle and more.

    We will screen Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a film about Thea Spyer and her wife Edie Windsor that eventually led to the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2013 that recognised their marriage. A discussion with the director Susan Muska will follow.

    The day will include a poetry reading contest, so get your poem or short piece ready. More details below!

    An issue that has been of long relevance to our overseas community has been immigration and the ability of LGBTQ+ families to immigrate and reside legally in the US and pass US citizenship to their children. We will be joined by Shirley Tan and her spouse Jay Mercado for an intimate look back at their journey to keep their family together when Shirley faced deportation, and Shirley's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

    The LGTBQ+ Caucus in Canada has arranged two family oriented events for kids and those with a playful heart. The group Faye and Fluffy’s Story Time is hosted by drag queens with a message full of joy and laughter. The Toronto based Canvas Art Program will present a story with a message for young and old alike.

    The political action that our community is working toward is the Equality Act. We are pulling together a panel of political activists on the state and federal level that are working hard to make this happen. We will have the opportunity to learn how we can best engage to reduce workplace, housing and other discriminatory activity currently experienced by far too many.

    We will have a keynote speaker that will be announced in the near future. As we get closer to June 20th we will post a more detailed schedule so you can participate in the program of greatest interest to you.


    June 20, 2021 at 6am
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  • rsvped for 2021 Global Meeting 2021-05-07 06:45:27 -0400

    2021 Global Meeting

    The 2021 Annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting will be fully virtual this year. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 14 to 16.

    Day One - Global reports, By-laws, Resolutions

    May 14 9:00PM EDT / May 15 3:00AM CET / May 15 10:00AM Tokyo / May 15 1:00AM UTC

    Meeting start
    May 14 9:30PM EDT / May 15 3:30AM CET / May 15 10:30AM Tokyo / May 15 1:30AM UTC

    Day Two - Global elections, 2022 Meeting location

    May 15 10:00PM EDT / May 16 4:00AM CET / May 16 11:00AM Tokyo / May 16 2:00AM UTC

    Meeting start
    May 15 10:30PM EDT / May 16 4:30AM CET / May 16 11:30AM Tokyo / May 16 2:30AM UTC

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

    ** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your Nation Builder email for the RSVP.

    Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPers during the week of May 10th. The tentative agenda is here

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's 2021 activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.

    May 14, 2021 at 9pm - May 16, 2021 at 9pm
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  • published DANL Youth Caucus in News 2021-04-27 12:17:03 -0400

  • published Day of Service - January 18th in News 2021-01-18 08:30:26 -0500

    Day of Service - January 18 -20

    In honor of Wednesday's Inauguration, today is the Day of Service! (Don't know what this is? Look below.) We're doing our part by highlighting three of the many LGBTQ+ organizations doing important work for the community. We're highlighting Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, and True Colors United. Learn more about these organizations below the image, go to their websites to explore more. From January 18th - 20th, we're asking our members to make a donation large or small to help this important work continue. The links to donate are below.

    Donate to Immigration Equality
    Donate to Lambda Legal
    Donate to True Colors United 

    What is the Day of Service?
    The Biden Inaugural Committee has a week long Inauguration Celebration to bring us together. Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Committee has a Day of Service. Socially Distanced or virtual events are taking part around the world for Americans to give back. Interested in getting involved more in your home state or in generally? Find more events by clicking here

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    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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In my hometown of Akron, Ohio, I gained a love of politics and public service. For years I hvae volunteered in museums, hospitals and political campaigns. I believe everyone should work to craft the world they wish to see.