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June 2 and 4, viewing of the film For They Know Not What They Do showing at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware. Senator Sarah McBride who is featured in the film will be participating in a discussion following the June 4 showing. Below find instructions on how to view the movie.

UUSD is offering two options for viewing the film and discussion – either remotely or in person at the Unitarian Universalist church, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes DE 19958. State Sen Sarah McBride will join a post-film discussion via ZOOM around 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4. For those who prefer a virtual experience, we will offer the film via ZOOM on Wed., June 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. For those who prefer an in person experience, we will show the film at UUSD on June 4, starting at 6:30. For either option, people can join the discussion with Sarah in a hybrid discussion – either at the church or at home via ZOOM. The remote only option will require registering twice – once for the film and the second time for the discussion. For those opting for in-person, only one registration is required. All options are free.

For movie only via Zoom on Wednesday, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-only-they-know-not-what-they-do-tickets-154335982077

For discussion on Friday via ZOOM, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-only-of-movie-they-know-not-what-they-do-tickets-154336180671

For in person movie and discussion on Friday, June 4, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150980281085

Also put on your calendar the annual Stonewall summer event, this year at lovely Lavender Fields in Milton, August 21 beginning at 4 pm. Details to follow.

Peter Schott, President

Delaware Stonewall PAC

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We congratulate Stonewall Board members Dwayne Bensing for being elected to the Delaware Democratic State Committee and Erik Raser-Schramm for being selected as Chair of the Platform Committee of the Democratic Party.

If you have something you want the Party to place on its platform submit it at platform@deldems.org.

Peter SchottCommentary: Stonewall PAC supports legislation protecting LGBT residents

by Peter Schott

Delaware Stonewall PAC, a political action committee that focuses on protecting the LGBT community, was established Feb. 1, 2003. Originally called the Delaware Stonewall Democratic Club, it came about because, after years of trying, we could not get the nondiscrimination bill passed.

The club was restructured and carried different names throughout its existence, and it has most recently been known as the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats, in honor of an iconic lesbian activist who resided in Delaware. We, early on in our existence, established a PAC that assisted candidates who were supportive of LGBT issues. Since the primary role of Stonewall is to raise enough funds to support candidates, we decided just to keep the PAC.

During the first two summers of our existence, we were able to bring then-Congressman Barney Frank to Rehoboth Beach, and both years, we raised about $10,000, almost all of it going to support our candidates. We have continued that tradition every summer, except 2020, when, because of the pandemic, we did not have a gathering. We are hopeful of resuming that tradition June 4 of this year.

Over the years, as we helped change the legislative makeup, we were able to secure passage of a hospital-visitation rights bill, a bill drafted by us. Building a coalition, we later passed legislation supporting nondiscrimination, civil unions and marriage equality.

At our recent annual membership meeting, we elected this year’s board and members discussed legislative issues which the organization will pursue. But today, we still have our work cut out for us, as there is still some unfinished or reparative work that must be done.

The gay-panic defense is a legal strategy that asks a jury to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for a defendant’s violent reaction, murder included. It has been successfully used in criminal trials. It has been banned in dozens of states, and we believe Delaware should be included on that list.

Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, has proposed a bill mandating that insurance companies cover preventive treatments for HIV/AIDS, particularly preexposure prophylaxis, better known as PReP. We strongly support this legislation.

Delaware Stonewall PAC is supportive of legislation that would require the state to issue nonbinary driver’s licenses to those who desire them. At times, people who identify as one gender are forced to have licenses of another gender.

We are also supportive of legislation that will increase penalties for forcing minors to undergo conversion therapy. The current law prohibits licensed Delaware professionals from using conversion therapy on minors or referring them out of state, but we feel it does not prevent it where it is most practiced, by unlicensed, nongay organizations.

We want schools to provide a protective environment for students. We, therefore, support legislation mandating that schools protect children who live in a home environment where they feel unsafe to reveal their true gender identity or sexual orientation. Studies have shown that an unsafe home environment, where parents reject or punish a child who wants to be true to themselves, causes trauma, pain and even suicide. We feel schools should provide the safe haven.

Delaware Stonewall PAC can be found online and on Facebook.

Peter Schott, a former congressional aide, was a founder of National Stonewall Democrats and its Delaware affiliate. He currently serves as the president of Delaware Stonewall PAC.

2021 Board Members

At its annual membership meeting Delaware Stonewall PAC, a Political Action Committee dedicating to supporting equality for the LGBTQ community, elected several new members to its Board. Erik Raser-Schramm, former  Chair of the Delaware Democratic Party, was elected as Political Vice-President.  Also added to the Board were Dwayne Bensing, ACLU legal staff member, and Anthony Purcell, a clinical social worker.

These three join, Peter Schott, reelected Chair, Scott Strickler, Treasurer and At-Large members Tara Sheldon and Martin Rendon.

In addition to the elections, members discussed legislative issues which the organization will pursue including preventing insurance companies from discriminating against persons who use PrEP, and eliminating a “gay panic” defense.  The PAC will also make efforts to make forced conversion therapy by parents into a crime of child abuse, and will work to pass legislation to protect transgender children in schools, and work towards allowing non-binary drivers licenses.

Schott said, “Following our election success last year including the election of 3 members of the LGBT community we are more confident that we can move forward with legislation which further protects the rights of our community.”

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We are very excited about the election results especially since we went from zero LGBTQ members of the State Legislature to three with the election of Sarah McBride, Marie Pinkney, and Eric Morrison. That with the addition of several other new forward-thinking individuals should help us with our expected legislative agenda for 2021. It turns out that 86% of our endorsed candidates won.

We believe that a lot of our success this past year comes from your work and support, and we certainly want to thank you. Hopefully, our annual meeting will take place around January 30th, but of course with everyone’s safety in mind, this is subject to change. At that meeting, we will be electing officers and recommending our legislative agenda which we will pursue during the next legislative session. You must be a member to vote, so sign up at www.delawarestonewall.org/join-us to contribute.

We are looking for people who are willing to spend a few hours a month of commitment on our Board. The Board should reflect the diversity which exemplifies our State, so if you are interested, please contact Peter Schott, Delaware Stonewall PAC President at dc2de@aol.com, or 302 827-2811.

Delaware Stonewall PAC endorses candidates

GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

Since the process has begun, Delaware Stonewall PAC urges you to vote for the candidates listed below:

PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT- JOE BIDEN/KAMALA HARRIS

US SENATE-             CHRIS COONS
US HOUSE-              LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER
GOVERNOR-           JOHN CARNEY
LT GOVERNOR-     BETHANY HALL-LONG
INS. COMM-            TRINIDAD NAVARRO

STATE SENATE

1-    SARAH MCBRIDE
5-    KYLE EVANS GAY
7-    SPIROS MANZAVINOS
8-    DAVID SOKOLA
9-    JOHN WALSH
12-   NICOLE POORE
13-   MARIE PINKNEY
15-   JACI HUGG

STATE HOUSE

1-    NNAMDI CHUCKWUOCHA
2-   STEPHANIE BOLDEN
3-   SHERRY DORSEY-WALKER
4-   GERALD BRADY
5-   KENDRA JOHNSON
6-   DEBRA HEFFERNAN
7-   LARRY LAMBERT
8-   SHERE’A  MOORE
9-   DEBBIE HARRINGTON
10-  SEAN MATTHEWS
12-  KRISTA GRIFFITH
13-  LARRY MITCHELL
14-  PETE SCHWARTZKOPF
15-  VALERIE LONGHURST
16-  FRANKLIN COOKE
17-  MELISSA MINOR-BROWN
18-  DAVID BENTZ
19-  KIM WILLIAMS
21-  STEPHANIE BARRY
22-  LUANN D’AGOSTINO
23-  PAUL BAUMBACH
24-   ED OSIENSKI
25-   JOHN KOWALKO
26-   MADINAH WILSON-ANTON
27-   ERIC MORRISON
31-    SEAN LYNN
32-   ANDRIA BENNETT
33-   RACHEL KING
34-   DARRYNN HARRIS

Delaware Stonewall PAC endorses candidates

Delaware Stonewall PAC’s 2020 Primary Endorsements

Delaware Stonewall PAC, an LGBT political action committee, urges you to vote for the candidates listed below on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, or prior to that by mail or online. Go to ivote.de.gov to vote early.

We sent questionnaires to candidates from both major parties who are running for office to ascertain their positions not only on issues of concern to the LGBT community but also on such subjects as minimum/livable wage or their feelings about the Trump repressive agenda. Where incumbents were involved, we also had their legislative history to look at. In some cases we felt they did not deserve our endorsement.

Please note that two candidates, if they win will be historic for our community.  Sarah McBride would be the Nation’s first transgender State Senator and Eric Morrison would be Delaware’s first openly gay State Representative.

Since we have only endorsed in legislative races, please let us know if you have any county or row office candidates you think we should be considering.  Contact Mitch Crane, Political VP with names we should consider.

Before the November 3 General Election, we will submit another list of endorsed candidates.

US SENATOR-                                    CHRIS COONS

GOVERNOR-                                      JOHN CARNEY

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER-  TRINIDAD NAVARRO

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 1-       SARAH McBRIDE (Wilmington)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5-       KYLE EVANS GAY (Wilmington)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13-     DAVID McBRIDE (New Castle)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 14-     KYRA HOFFNER (Dover)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 4-        GERALD BRADY (Wilmington)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 7-        RAY SEIGFRIED (Wilmington)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 8-        MATTHEW WALLACE POWELL (Middletown)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 10-      SEAN MATTHEWS (Chalfont)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 26-      JOHN VIOLA (Newark)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 27-      ERIC MORRISON (Newark)

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 34-      ROBERT HAYNES (Camden-Wyoming)

Annual Meeting

Stonewall Delaware PAC is pleased to announce that our Governor, John Carney, has appointed a Stonewall member, Martin Rendon, to the State Human Relations Commission. This is one of the most important Commissions in the State since it is responsible for the enforcement of laws related to Fair Housing, Equal Accommodations, and Employment Discrimination. It also conducts hearings and resolves conflicts involving these issues and promotes programs aimed at eliminating discrimination.

We will continue to work on placing eligible people into meaningful positions within the State. We have that commitment from our Governor that he will work with us.

Peter Schott,

President
Delaware Stonewall PAC

Delaware Stonewall PAC is proud to support Sarah McBride for Delaware State Senate District 1.  We celebrate the fact that if elected she would be the first transgender individual elected to a legislative position in Delaware.  But, we are also cognizant of the fact that she is a person who has excellent qualifications to serve in that capacity.

Ms. McBride understands the District well.  She has deep roots in the District, having been born and raised there, shares the values of people living in the District, and has demonstrated through her work and passion an interest in assuring everyone is treated equally.  Her history has also shown that Ms. McBride will be working to make sure we have an affordable health delivery system which works for all.

PAC President Peter Schott says that in addition to her State credentials, “Ms. McBride, has gained respect on the National level which can only ensure that Delaware’s voice will be heard and respected nationally and we know that all of us will be proud when she is elected as the Delaware State Senator from District 1.”

Delaware Stonewall PAC has for 16 years supported and assisted candidates who support policies which have a positive impact on the LGBTQ+ Community in Delaware.

Transgender

Delaware Stonewall PAC mourns the passing of Transgender Activist Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein, who was honored by Delaware Stonewall Democrats in 2010.

“Babs” was the first transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, was a founding member of Garden State Equality, and served as President of NJ Stonewall Democrats.  In 2009 she was named by the Gay and Lesbian Task Force as one of the 40 Trans Heroes.

As a tireless advocate for transgender rights she saw “the Babs Saperstein Act” become law in New Jersey.  That law allows people to change their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without undergoing sex change.

Assistance wanted for Delaware Stonewall PAC Endorsed Candidates

At its annual meeting held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Stonewall PAC elected its leadership and welcomed newly elected and seasoned elected State office holders.

Re-elected to the Board were Peter Schott as President, Mitch Crane, Political Vice-President, and Jeffrey Davis as Secretary.  The newly elected Treasurer is David Mangler. Scott Strickler and Vincent Ryan were elected to be At-Large members.

The members also heard from several elected officials including Kathy Jennings, Attorney General, Kathy McGuiness, State Auditor, State Senator Trey Paradee and State Representatives Sherry Dorsey Walker and Pete Schwartzkopf who is Speaker of the House.

Assistance wanted for Delaware Stonewall PAC Endorsed Candidates

 First, let me wish everyone a joyous and gay holiday season and best wishes for 2019.

Since we have restructured we are looking to expand our Board so if interested contact me at 302 827-2811, so we may discuss what role you might want to play on the Board.  We are particularly interested in making sure all constituencies are included.

1 – The annual meeting of the Delaware Stonewall PAC (Political Action Committee) will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, noon to 2 pm. We are expecting the newly elected endorsed members of the State Legislature to be there and we will discuss the legislative issues we think will be of importance to the LGBT community this coming legislative session as well as electing leadership.

In order to be a member of the PAC, you may sign up on line and pay $25(Delawarestonewall.org).  The money raised by your membership and our annual fundraiser are almost exclusively used to support candidates and issues supportive of the Community.

2 – 2019 being the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in GreenwichVillage our annual fund-raiser will be honoring that event.  We have a date and time already set, so put it in your calendar.  It will be held Saturday, June 8 at Mariachi’s Restaurant, 14 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach between 2 and 4 pm.

Peter Schott,

 President, Delaware Stonewall PAC

Delaware Stonewall PAC

We had a great many successes in the election on Tuesday.

Of the 37 candidates we endorsed 31 won. That is a remarkable 83.8%.

We are particularly pleased to have Laura Sturgeon join the Senate after defeating a long time opponent of LGBT legislation.

I also point out that 4 of the 6 candidates who were defeated live in a very red Sussex where not any of the Statewide candidates could garner a majority of votes, even here most of our candidates came close to winning.

Peter Schott,
President

Delaware Stonewall PAC

Only one week to go until Election Day, November 6, 2018.  It is vital that we get out the vote and support the candidates supported by the Delaware Stonewall PAC.

Here are the candidates we have endorsed:

US Senate                       Tom Carper

US House of Reps.          Lisa Blunt Rochester

Attorney General              Kathleen Jennings

Auditor                              Kathleen McGuiness

Treasurer                          Colleen Davis

Senate District 4               Laura Sturgeon
Senate District 6               David Baker
Senate District 10             Stephanie Hansen
Senate District 11             Bryan Townsend
Senate District 17             Trey Paradee

House District 6                Debra Heffernan
House District 8                Quinn Johnson
House District 9                Monique Johns
House District 10              Sean Matthews
House District 12              Krista Griffith
House District 14              Pete Schwartzkopf
House District 15              Valerie Longhurst
House District 19              Kimberly Williams
House District 20              John Bucchioni
House District 21              Mike Ramone
House District 22              Guillermina Gonzalez
House District 24              Ed Osienski
House District 25             John Kowalko
House District 26             John Viola
House District 31             Sean Lynn
House District 32             Andria Bennett
House District 36             Don Allen

Sussex Council District 4  Paulette Rappa

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