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.

There will be light food and beverage provided with a vegetarian option available. Please help us to plan for appropriate numbers by RSVP to this Event on Facebook.

Agenda in Brief
10:30am Registration
12:00pm Call to Order and Opening Business
12:30pm Film: Breaking Through — Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power
1:25pm Panel Discussion
1:50pm Break
2:00pm General Business Session (including elections)

All positions are up for election, both Statewide Officers as well as Congressional District representative positions.

Announced Candidates List

Proposed Changes for By-Laws (corrected link)

Convention Rules 

More details will be posted here, Facebook, and forthcoming update emails.

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Dues

In order to be a voting delegate to the State Convention, your dues must be paid.

If you are a member of an active county chapter, your dues are paid to the chapter, $10 of which goes to pay your state dues. Check with your chapter to make sure your dues are current and paid to the state.

All other members pay dues of $10 per year directly to the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. These may be paid online with a credit or debit card below
 Pay Dues through our ActBlue Portal
or dues may be paid by check. Checks should be made out to “LGBT Democrats of NC”. Please do not mail checks at this time, dues may be paid at Registration check-in.

Due to the short notice, the requirement that dues be paid at least 30 days in advance of Convention (a date which has already passed) has been suspended this year by vote of the Executive Committee. Convention attendees may pay their dues at Convention Registration and be entitled to vote.

Program Detail (Film and Panel)

We will be showing Cindy L. Abel’s ground breaking and award-winning documentary film BREAKING THROUGH:  Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power followed by a short panel discussion with LGBT and Ally Elected Officials and Candidates including:

  • Al Austin, former Charlotte City Council member
  • Mark Kleinschmidt, former Mayor of Chapel Hill
  • Wendy Ella May, Candidate US Congress
  • Christian Cano, Candidate US Congress
  • LaWana Mayfield, current Charlotte City Council member

Film Poster Image

In this ground-breaking documentary, openly LGBT elected officials at all levels and from across the country – including the first gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin – share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and LGBT people.

This Documentary aired on PBS, but was not carried by UNC-TV.
Film website and trailer

 

 

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2015 State Convention, Candidate Personal Statements

LGBT Democrats of North Carolina

2015 State Convention

Candidate Personal Statements

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LGBT Democrats Celebrate Victories

Jennifer Roberts

Last night was Election Day in North Carolina and many out LGBT elected leaders were re-elected, while one new out LGBT leader was elected for the first time. Major set backs were suffered in Chapel Hill as two out LGBT elected officials were lost.

Charlotte: A pro-equality majority was elected to the Charlotte City Council, and out LGBT members LaWana Mayfield, and Al Austin sailed to re-election. A pro-equality majority was also elected to City Council, with a strong ally, Jennifer Roberts, winning as Mayor of Charlotte.

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Robert Kellogg

Gastonia: Robert Kellogg was elected for the first time to the Gastonia City Council. Robert is an out member of the LGBT community and previously served as Vice-President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina prior to launching his campaign.

Carrboro: Lydia Lavelle was rel-elected Mayor of Carrboro. Lydia is an out member of the LGBT community and has served as mayor since 2013.

Greensboro: While Greensboro has no out LGBT elected officials, every Council Member who voted in favor of Greensboro’s pro-LGBT ordinance sailed to victory last night, with a strong ally, Nancy Vaughan, being re-elected as Mayor.

Chapel Hill: Two popular and effective out LGBT leaders lost re-election in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow were defeated last night, but we will be there to support them as they continue to fight for the causes we all care about.

 

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LGBT Democrats of NC Convention – 2015

Join the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina for our Fifth Annual State Convention held the same weekend as Equality NC’s annual Gala.

The election of all state officers of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will occur at this meeting, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President of College Outreach, all 13 Congressional District Chairs and all 13 Congressional District Vice Chairs.

Date: 11/21/2015
Time: 12:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: NC State University, Talley Student Center, Room 4280, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606Join the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina for our Fifth Annual State Convention held the same weekend as Equality NC’s annual Gala.

The election of all state officers of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will occur at this meeting, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President of College Outreach, all 13 Congressional District Chairs and all 13 Congressional District Vice Chairs.

Date: 11/21/2015
Time: 12:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: NC State University, Talley Student Center, Room 4280, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

More details on speakers and the agenda to come soon!

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LGBT Democrats 2015 Party Chair Candidate Questionnaire

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LGBT Democrats of North Carolina Meet to Elect New Officers

Greensboro, NC – On Saturday, November 9th, 2013 LGBT Democrats from across North Carolina met at Guilford College to elect new officers and chart a path for future growth.  Members from near and far assembled as outgoing President, Ryan Butler, conducted the meeting in the packed convention room.  Butler reminded the delegation of the progress which has been made in the short two years since the organization’s inception.

The historic path began with a handful of LGBT organizers in the heat of the fight against Amendment One and ended with a unanimous vote of approval by hundreds of North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee members.  In that short period of time the first county chapters have been formed, a valiant fight against Amendment One mounted, Democratic candidates supported and caucus members elected to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Newly elected President Ralph Rodland pledged to move the state auxiliary forward with an aggressive agenda to expand county chapters across the state and to become a voice for Democratic principles in North Carolina.  Rodland has pledged to see 15 new chapters formed in the coming year and to make our voice heard and understood in N.C. Democratic Party politics.

“Once we have increased our membership and fully developed a dialogue with all members of our community, we can organize and affect change in elections that will enable us to fulfill our primary purpose—electing Democrats all across the state,” LGBT Democrats of North Carolina President-elect Ralph Rodland said.  “From sponsoring canvasses and phone banks, offering candidate development resources, and creating a published statewide endorsement slate, we can truly ensure our community is a fully integrated and sought after voice on all issues affecting Democrats in our state.”

The LGBT Delegation also unanimously adopted a resolution thanking N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper for his public support of marriage equality.

The following individuals were elected officers at Saturday’s convention:

Ralph Rodland, President

Chris Speer, Vice President

Robert Kellogg, Secretary

Kirby Heard, Treasurer

To become a member of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina or for assistance in forming a county chapter please contact Chris Speer or Ralph Rodland.

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Amended By-Laws, SEC Meeting

By-Laws were amended Oct 6 and have been updated on the By-Laws page.

The LGBT Democrats Caucus Executive Committee will meet briefly before the beginning of the upcoming SEC meeting and recess after determining the best time and place to meet during the SEC meeting. Look for signs near the check in table to direct you to the location of the meeting.

Notice:
LGBT Democrats Caucus Executive Committee Meeting
Date: February 2, 2012
Time: 10:45am
Place: Durham Convention Center

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Greensboro Pride!

LGBT Democrats of NC at Greensboro Pride 2012!

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LGBT Democrats State Convention

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Join the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina for our Second Annual State Convention held in conjunction with Asheville Pride and the NC Democratic Party’s Western Gala.

Date: 10/6/2012 Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Location: Grove Park Inn, Roosevelt Room
*This is not a ticketed event, there is no charge for attending. If you wish to join the LGBT Democrats membership dues are only $10.00 and you can join at the event or online at: LGBTdemocrats.org.

Also: Please join us at our table at Blue Ridge Pride earlier that same day from noon until 4:00pm at Pack Square Park If you would like to volunteer to staff our table please email us at: ryan@ryanbutler.net For more info go to: http://eepurl.com/pptQz

Grove Park Inn 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28804 View Map · Get Directions

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NC LGBT DEM Pres. Ryan Butler on C-SPAN

Excellent video of LGBT DEMs of NC President Ryan Butler on C-SPAN Sunday morning discussing the Democratic National Convention. Including viewer call-in, Ryan does a great job.

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