Convention Information

Call To 2020 LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina State Convention

In accordance with the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina Bylaws, Article VIII, LGBTQ DEMOCRATIC STATE ANNUAL MEETINGS, Section 1, you are hereby notified of, and cordially invited to attend the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina 2020 State Convention.

In accordance with the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina Bylaws, Article VIII LGBTQ DEMOCRATIC STATE ANNUAL MEETINGS, Section 3 Registration, the President’s Council has unanimously voted to waive the requirement for a person to have paid their membership dues 30-days prior to Convention, which means that individuals can become a member up to September 30th, purchase their Convention Ticket(s), join us at Convention and be a full voting member.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will gather on October 2nd and 3rd virtually to ensure the safety of our Members and Guests.

We have lowered our Convention Registration Ticket prices this year to $35 for General Admission and Students to $30. We also have Visibility, Pride, Equality and Stonewall sponsorship levels available.

As a Convention Delegate you will receive a Convention packet with a printed Program and a few other goodies. Registrations received after September 24th will not be guaranteed to receive the Convention packet prior to Convention.

We have a great Convention planned for you as we honor LGBTQ+ History Month and begin Imagining The Future and what it can be by electing Democrats up and down the Ballot, from the White House to the Court House, and everything in between.

Here’s a brief preview of our two day Convention, mentioning just a few of the exciting speakers and performers who’ll be joining us…

Our Friday night, Oct 2nd kickoff starts at 6:00pm. We’ll welcome everyone, give candidates who’ve joined us a brief time to speak, enjoy a performance from an amazing North Carolina recording artist Orlando Parker Jr., followed by our featured event, a Panel Discussion of the just released film “Surviving The Silence” with Colonel Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer, Colonel Patricia Thompson, her partner and now wife Barbara Brass and former Secretary of the Army, Secretary Eric Fanning, 22nd United States Secretary of the Army, appointed by President Barack Obama, and the first openly Gay head of any service in the U.S. Military.


We are partnering with OUT at the Movies, Winston Salem. They will be showing the film, “Surviving The Silence” in their upcoming International Film Fest. A portion of the Panel Discussion will be pre-recorded with Moderator Eden Lane, the first openly transgender individual in mainstream television broadcasting in the United States and who also serves as an Advisor with OUT at the Movies.

Filmmaker Cindy Abel, Colonel Cammermeyer, Colonel Thompson, Barbara Brass and Secretary Fanning will be joining us Live and will answer questions after viewing the pre-recorded Panel Discussion. We will also be recognizing our Veterans and Active Military Delegates and other guests, such as Elected Officials and Candidates who have served or are currently serving.

OUT at the Movies is also making the film available for viewing at 12am Friday, Oct 2nd until 11:59pm Sunday, Oct 4th. The ticket cost is $10. You will purchase tickets to watch the film through Out at the Movies. The link will be available around September 15th. Viewing the movie will require that your smartphone or computer has a North Carolina IP address. If you won’t have time to watch the film during the window of time mentioned above, on the Out at the Movies site you’ll find information for an additional showing of “Surviving The Silence”.

The Friday evening program will continue (until about 9:00 pm ET) with more performances including another amazing North Carolina recording artist Christy Snow and a chance for candidates to speak who’ve joined late. Once the program ends, we’ll take about a 30 min break and move into our After Party, which will offer a few different things, including a performance by Nekeith, who’s yet another amazing North Carolina recording artist. The After Party will end no later than 11pm. We want to make sure Delegates, and we, get some sleep and are up and ready for a 9:30am Convention Call To Order on Saturday Oct 3rd.

Convention is also packed with great speakers, more performers, and of course our Business Session. The Convention Meeting will Adjourn at 2:30pm. Not to worry, we’ll take a couple of breaks along the way.

During our Business Session, we’ll be reviewing our progress over the last year, voting on a few things, including a few Bylaws changes and moving forward with the push to Nov 3rd..

All Convention related documents, including final Agenda, Rules of the Day, Minutes from 2019 Convention, Bylaws with requested changes and other important and/or informational documents will be posted in a Google Folder. Registered Delegates will receive a link to that Convention 2020 Google folder.

We’ll have Announcements and Adjourn our Imagining The Future 2020 State Convention. Adjournment doesn’t mean there is nothing else to do…

We have coordinated with The National Democratic Training Committee to join us and lead two Break-Out Sessions, ‘Using Personal Stories to Connect’ and ‘Intro to Social Media.’ The sessions will be from 3-4pm and 4-5pm, so that you can attend both sessions if you like.

Stay tuned for more information and be sure to purchase your Convention Ticket AND complete your Zoom Registration early.
Credentialing is a two step process.
Step 1 is to purchase your ticket at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lgbtqconv
You will receive an ActBlue Receipt email that contains instructions for completing the Zoom Registration Step 2 of 2.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to president@lgbqdemocrats.org and/or vicepresident@lgbtqdemocrats.org (for ActBlue or ZOOM Registration assistance).

Tickets are available to Members NOW! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lgbtqconv

Ginger Walker (she/her)
President, LGBTQ Democrats of NC
president@lgbtqdemocrats.org
&
Arsidez León (he/him)
Vice President, LGBTQ Democrats of NC
vicepresident@lgbtqdemocrats.org