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Delegates to the National Democratic Convention

Working with the National Democratic Committee, the Delaware Democratic Committee and with the Clinton and Sanders campaign, BGDS was successful in selecting four individuals from the LGBT community as delegates to the National Democratic Convention. This is the largest group we have ever sent and exceeded the minimal goal we had set. The following individuals were elected:

Courtney McGregor

Mitch Crane

Erik Raser-Schramm

Lisa Goodman (a super delegate)

Update on Summer Fundraiser

Our 13th annual summer fundraiser, at Mariachi’s Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach is scheduled for June 25 beginning at 2pm. Most of the State’s elected officials and candidates will be present. The money we raise from this event is used to elect LGBT-supportive candidates, so please sign up to buy a ticket or become a sponsor. Sponsorship benefits are listed on our website.

We are pleased to announce that one of our honorees this year is Anthony “Roddy” Flynn, a Delawarean who is Executive Director of the very important LGBT Equality Caucus of the US Congress. Roddy is sure to update us on some of the National issues which his Caucus is pushing.

The Delaware Insurance office has issued a bulletin instructing health insurance companies operating in Delaware that they must cover transgender surgical procedures. Delaware is the 15th State to do this. Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats applauds this decision and will fight efforts by members of the State legislature to overturn this directive.

For full details, please read the following: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2016/03/23/state-end-transgender-health-insurance-discrimination/82076266/

Ever since its inception in 2003, Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats has been in the forefront of endorsing pro-equality Democrats. It is because of our efforts that we were able to move forward with legislation which gave us non-discrimination, marriage equality and transgender rights.

Keeping that goal in mind we are proud to announce our first endorsement of the 2016 election cycle, Joe Daigle, candidate for State Representative in the 7th District (Lancashire, Graylyn Crest North, the Ardens, Windybush, Claymont, and Gwinhurst)

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Peter Schott, Acting President

I am very honored to have been appointed as Acting President of Barbara Gittings  Delaware Stonewall Democrats, as our current President, Joe Daigle, steps down to pursue a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives for the 7th District.

As a founder of the organization, I can say I am very proud of how far we have come in thirteen years, but I am concerned about the future of the organization, and so I approach this task with some trepidation.  We cannot rest on our laurels and must continue to move forward to assure that the rights of the LGBT community not be diminished or compromised.

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