Since the election of new officers in July of 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Young Democrats of America Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) has pursued and accomplished an aggressive agenda that includes fundraising, social networking, media outreach, trainings and education, scholarship funds, and direct campaign involvement.
In 2011, the caucus hosted a campaign invasion in Houston to support the successful reelection effort for their mayor, Annise Parker. The caucus plans to host additional campaign invasions in targeted races throughout the months leading up to the November election.
The caucus has also focused heavily on reaching out to the community through Facebook, Twitter, Press Releases, and our website (ydalgbtq.org). When the Maryland and Washington state legislatures approved marriage equality earlier this year, the caucus blasted out press releases praising the legislation and had an active and substantial voice across social media platforms. This coordinated media outreach has enabled the caucus to remain a prominent and respected voice on LGBTQ news and discussion of LGBTQ issues. Furthermore, the caucus was one of the first organizations to shower praise on the Democratic National Committee following adoption of Marriage equality on the National Democratic Party’s platform.
The caucus has supported members across the country by offering a scholarship to cover registration costs for members who may have financial difficulties or are otherwise unable to pay their way to YDA events and conventions. The YDA LGBTQ Scholarship fund has been successful in expanding the caucus’ membership and providing equal opportunity to all potential YDA members.
It takes money to operate a scholarship fund, and the LGBTQ caucus has focused heavily on fundraising to advance the agenda of our organization. Throughout the second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012, the caucus has raised over $1,500 dollars from our members, our supporters, t-shirt sales, and a wildly successful fundraiser at the Chicago YDA conference. These funds will be necessary for our scheduled fall programming.
This is a very exciting time for the LGBTQ community, and we could not be happier to be a part of it. The caucus will be very busy in the comings months with the quickly approaching US Supreme Court case regarding marriage equality, upcoming marriage equality votes in states across the nation, and other LGBTQ events and issues.
Keep an eye out for our members at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte; we look forward to making YDA proud!