Annual Membership Meeting 2018 Report

ginger-walker-LGBT DemsGreetings from the President!

August was a very busy month for the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina and our County Chapters!

We had a successful Annual General Body Meeting on August 11th in Raleigh. Many thanks to Rev. Vance Haywood, Jr and St John’s Metropolitan Community Church for providing the meeting space!

We began our meeting by welcoming Elected Officials and Candidates, some of whom joined us and others who sent their regrets and well wishes. Wayne Goodwin, NC Democratic Party Chair was also unable to join us in person, but called in to welcome everyone and share his excitement about our candidates and plans to ensure a “Blue Wave” of victory in the upcoming mid-term elections!

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Photos from 2018 Statewide Membership Meeting

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A few pictures from our August 11th Statewide Membership Meeting in Raleigh.

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2018 Statewide Membership Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, August 11th in Raleigh for our 2018 Statewide Membership Meeting! The Statewide Membership Meeting takes the place of a Statewide Convention in even-numbered years when officer elections are not being held, but additional business needs to be considered by the membership.

Location: St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Ave. Raleigh

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Governor Cooper issues 2018 Pride Month Proclamation

roy_cooperRALEIGH:  Jun 5, 2018

In honor of LGBT + identifying communities, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed June as NC LGBT Pride Month.

“I am proud to recognize the LGBT community and honor the many contributions LGBT North Carolinians have made to our state,” said Governor Cooper. “Recognizing Pride Month helps us reflect on the progress LGBT people have made on the path to achieving equality, and it also inspires us to continue our efforts to work with the LGBT community to make this state a welcoming place for all.”

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Happy Pride Month!

ginger-walker-LGBT DemsA Message from the President

Happy Pride Month!  On behalf of the LGBTQ Democrats of NC, I would like to thank Governor Roy Cooper for his continued support of the LGBTQ community and his commitment to fight with us to achieve full equality and protections under the law.  Governor Cooper’s Executive Order issued in 2017 barring discrimination of LGBTQ State Workers, as well as companies doing business with North Carolina and this Proclamation clearly demonstrates his true commitment and loyalty to our fight for equality.

This is our month to celebrate, to be recognized as who we are and commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots of Manhattan.  We have come a long way since 1969, but we still have much work left to do and no time to waste.  Continue reading

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A Good Apple

Clay EddlemanCongratulations to 11th District LGBTQ Democrats Chair Clay Eddleman who was recently selected from over 50 nominees to be one of three recipients of the inaugural “Good Apple” Awards by the Henderson County Democratic Party.  (note that apples are a major crop in Henderson County, which is host to the annual NC Apple Festival. The apple also appears prominently in the logo for both the county as well as the County Democratic Party).

Eddleman was recognized for his commitment to Civil Rights, specifically in both serving as District Chair, but also for his work in organizing our new Henderson County chapter, the first in the mountains.

All three award winners were profiled recently in a story in the Hendersonville newspaper.

Congratulations from all of us in LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina! You certainly are a “Good Apple”!

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2018 is important

While many people don’t pay much attention to “off-year” elections, especially such as this one when there aren’t high profile statewide elections for US Senate, it is important that we pay even greater attention to turnout for General Assembly elections where we must break the Republican veto-proof majority.

We need to utilize Trump’s unpopularity to try and make gains in the US House of Representatives, and we must maintain and increase Democratic judges, who have been our main defense against the radical agenda of the Republican-dominated General Assembly.

LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina are gearing up for this crucial year, expanding our presence in more counties, working to support existing chapters, and rebuilding our statewide organization.  The Executive Committee will meet later this month for a day-long retreat in Greensboro to plan our course of action.

What can you do?  Well, the simplest thing is to keep informed, especially by following our Facebook Page where we post news and events several times each week.  Next would be to become active in your local party (if you aren’t already).  Precinct Meetings are the cornerstone of party organization, and are being held the next two weeks (February 5-19). To find your Precinct Meeting, you’ll want to contact your County Party or check out their website for a schedule.  You can find website links and County contacts at NCDP.org.  At your precinct meeting, delegates to the County Conventions (held in late March) are elected.  County Conventions will elect delegates to District (May 5th) and State (June 9th) Conventions.

What else? Get involved with your local chapter of LGBTQ Democrats.  Live in a county where there isn’t one yet?  Work toward getting one started.  Think your county is too small? We now have provisions for multi-county chapters!  The option always remains to join at the State level when no chapter is available.

    Our purpose is two-fold:

  • Be a visible presence within the Democratic Party to ensure our issues are heard and addressed.
  • Be visible within the LGBTQ+ Community to make sure everyone knows which party stands with us.

It’s not too late to make a resolution to get more involved this year. Join us!

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Reasons to be thankful… and hopeful

ginger-walker-LGBT DemsMessage from the President

In this season of Thanksgiving and Hope, we have much to be thankful for and even though at times things seem bleak, there are many reasons to have hope for our future in North Carolina and in our Country.

It is true that we certainly had many disappointments and setbacks in 2017, but as Democrats and fighters for justice and equality, let’s not waste energy re-visiting the setbacks, but rather focus on our victories and our opportunities in 2018 and beyond.

In North Carolina in 2017, Roy Cooper was sworn in as our Governor, Josh Stein as our Attorney General, Judge Mike Morgan our NC Supreme Court Justice, Elaine Marshall continued as our Secretary of State and Beth Woods as our NC Auditor.  We gained Democratic seats in the House and Senate, although not enough to sustain Governor Cooper’s veto.  Governor Cooper appointed two open Lesbians to the General Assembly, who were elected at their District levels, Representative Deb Butler (District 18 – Brunswick, New Hanover) and Marcia Morey (District 30 – Durham) and he issued an Executive Order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In the November 2017 elections, we celebrated Democratic Victories across our state, including the election of a record breaking number of openly LGBTQ Democratic candidates (LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council District 3, Robert Kellogg, Gastonia City Council Ward 1, Jane Campbell, Davidson County City Council, Michelle Kennedy, Greensboro City Council At-Large, Karen Stegman, Chapel Hill Town Council, Tamara Sheffield, Salisbury City Council, Jerry Windle Morrisville City Council District 2 and Lydia Lavelle, re-elected as Mayor of Carrboro) and Allies in municipal races, including Vi Lyles, the first African American Woman to be elected as the Mayor of Charlotte.  Continue reading

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Governor’s Executive Order and Convention Recap

 From The President

Hello LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina!

On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper kept his promise and signed an Executive Order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read the Executive Order or check out this article from medium.com we shared last week on our Facebook Page. Continue reading

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2017 Convention Announcement

2017 Call to Convention

The 2017 Convention for LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S Summit Ave, in Charlotte. State Convention is being co-hosted by LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County whom we thank for their assistance.

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