LGBT Democrats 2015 Party Chair Candidate Questionnaire

NCDPName:  Marshall Adame
Contact info:   marshall_adame@yahoo.com 

Adamee1) What would you do as Chair of NCDP to engage the LGBT Community?

As NCDP Chair I will engage the LGBT community with the same fervor and tenacity as I engage any group working for Civil Rights and Equality in our society.

In our past members of the LGBT community in our society have suffered a great deal of discrimination, indignity, violence and even murder without the accompanying public outrage and demand for justice as would happen in other parts of our society.  

I believe we are finally passing through that part of our history, but as with any aspect of rights and liberty, we must continue to advocate for them, march for them and defend them.

2) If elected, would you retain the position of NCDP Chair of
Diversity and Outreach?  I would add the words equality and justice to that title.

3) What would you do as chair to increase public support for marriage equality?

Marriage equality is fundamental to our democratic ideals. Reasserting those ideals are part of educating the American Public. In North Carolina it is particularly important because the state of our leadership in government here has created hostility towards anything, or anyone who opposes the Right Wing agenda driven legislation commonly proposed here which demonizes the LGBT  and minority communities.

4) What would you do as chair to increase public support for transgender rights?

I will continue support for non-discrimination in the workplace legislation and advocate for more education and understanding.

5) How do you think the NCDP can best assist in passing legislation like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation designed to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations?

By educating, encouraging and persuading Democratic Legislators that it is in their best interest to support Democratic endorsed and supported legislation.  
6) What issues or causes have you previously advocated for that you feel are relevant to the LGBT community?  Justice , Equality for all, Non-Discrimination, Voting Rights.


 

 

Name: Janice Covington

Contact info: janicecovington1@aol.com

Janice

1) What would you do as Chair of NCDP to engage the LGBT Community?

I would make sure the LGBT is included in party activity’s and to engage the president of the LGBT Dems to help move equal rights for all peoples into the future of our state. I would also help the LGBT Dems lobby legislators to pass a state wide anti hate crimes bill for North Carolina.

2) If elected, would you retain the position of NCDP Chair of Diversity and Outreach?

Yes

3) What would you do as chair to increase public support for marriage equality?

I would advocate by spreading information that everyone has the right to marry the person they love and that no one should be discriminated against concerning spousal rights.

4) What would you do as chair to increase public support for transgender rights?

As chair I would lobby North Carolina citizens to recognize that transgender people have the same rights as any other. Also that Trans Lives Matter.

5) How do you think the NCDP can best assist in passing legislation like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation designed to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations?

I would help lobby for a full and inclusive State Wide LGBT Civil Rights Act bill to include sexual origination and Gender Identity

6) What issues or causes have you previously advocated for that you feel are relevant to the LGBT community?

I have lobbied for Employment rights for all regardless of Sexual orientation and Gender Identity. Marriage Equality, Demonstrated against Amendment One, .Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Federal Anti Hate Crimes Bill and the North Carolina Anti School violence act

 


Name: Patsy Keever 
Contact info: pjkeever33@bellsouth.net
Keever

  1. What would you do as Chair of NCDP to engage the LGBT Community?

 

As with all of the NCDP auxiliaries, I will meet with the leaders of the LGBT auxiliary to learn more about their needs and goals. I want to work with the LGBT auxiliary so that we can provide additional support and resources to our LGBT and pro-LGBT candidates. The more LGBT and pro-LGBT elected officials we have, the more LGBT friendly legislation will be presented and passed.

2) If elected, would you retain the position of NCDP Chair of Diversity and Outreach?

Yes. As a big tent party, we must continue to reach out to all of the various constituencies in the NCDP. In order to accomplish mutual goals, we must work collectively and cohesively. There are too many things which can divide us, and unless we can find common ground, we will not be able to elect Democrats. 
3) What would you do as chair to increase public support for marriage equality?

The 2012 constitutional Amendment 1 forced us to begin a long overdue conversation on marriage equality. I’m happy to see the Federal Courts across the state overturning such unconstitutional amendments which pave the way to marriage equality. The Democratic Party stands for equal rights in all areas and equal protection under the law must be extended to all citizens. As chair, I will be happy to engage Democrats across the state in a conversation on Marriage equality. 
4) What would you do as chair to increase public support for transgender rights?

I’ve learned that having a dialogue on transgender rights is long overdue. Education is certainly the most critical component to this dialogue. I am especially concerned about how our transgender youth are treated. I would support programs in our schools and faith communities that reach out to transgender persons.
5) How do you think the NCDP can best assist in passing legislation like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other legislation designed to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations?

As with any issue, education is an important process which needs to be done before legislation is likely to pass. Our best chance of passing legislation like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is to elect legislators who support our agenda and try to educate those who do not.
6) What issues or causes have you previously advocated for that you feel are relevant to the LGBT community?
I have long been committed to the LBGT community. Below is a brief list of my actions:

  • A financial and avid supporter of Campaign for Southern Equality since its beginning in Asheville. I was among the supporters who accompanied the first group of persons who applied for marriage licenses in Buncombe County.
  • A longtime supporter of the LGBT community in Buncombe County and nationally.
  • A supporter and attendee of Youth OutRight events in Buncombe County.
  • Instrumental in organizing the first Mountain Moral Monday in August of 2013 in Asheville.

I am a member of a church which is a welcoming community. Our first principle is the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

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