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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
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.
LGBT Democrats Caucus Executive Committee Meeting
Date: February 2, 2012
Place: Durham Convention Center
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: firstname.lastname@example.org For more info go to: http://eepurl.com/pptQz
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.
Plan to attend the LGBT Democrats Convention Kickoff!!
August 31, 2012 – 8pm Convention Kickoff on the campus of UNCG – Old Town Draught House [1205 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403]
7pm Executive Committee Meeting in Room 202 of the School of Education Building [1400 Spring Garden Street], UNCG
As a gay man and first-time delegate, Ryan Butler is looking forward to showing his support for Obama – the first president to endorse gay marriage.
Butler, 33, and his partner tied the knot in a Canadian ceremony six years ago.
“The Democratic Party is the party of inclusion,” said Butler, a Greensboro attorney who is also president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. “It’s always been a big-tent party. When you look out at the convention, you see people from all walks of life, all different sexual orientations.”
Earlier this year the state party approved, for the first time, a LGBT auxiliary. It joins other such subgroups, including the Young Democrats, Senior Democrats, Democratic Women of N.C., the African American auxiliary and the Hispanic auxiliary.
Read more here!
Early voting begins on April 19 and we are all working hard to defeat the proposed Amendment on the May 8 primary ballot… You can help, too! It’s important.
Thanks to an overwhelmingly-well attended SEC meeting in Greensboro, NC yesterday, LGBT Democrats of NC is now fully chartered as a State auxiliary, with equal footing among Young Democrats, Senior Democrats, Democratic Women of NC, Hispanic American Democrats of NC and the African American Caucus! The vote to charter was unanimous and without discussion.
Thanks to the hard work of our Executive Council and Executive Committee members, some of whom just accepted their positions at the Auxiliary meeting preceding the full SEC meeting. We have a Chair and a Vice Chair in each of the 13 Congressional districts. We are now in equal standing with many other states, and the reply I heard from most SEC members yesterday was, “well, why shouldn’t we do this? It only makes sense!”
Also passed without dissent was a resolution in opposition to the anti-marriage, anti-family amendment scheduled for the May primary ballot.