LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia Launch Don Davenport Memorial Outreach Fund

Don Danvenport and Chuck Unger with LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia banner behind them.

We are now creating the Don Davenport Memorial Outreach Fund to raise funds to support the outreach work that Don lived while serving our LGBT+ and Democratic communities. We currently have a matching donation promised by several of our Board members and their spouses, so that the donations you make to the fund during June will be multiplied with a double match. These funds will help us do outreach work so we can make sure that Virginia becomes increasingly BLUE and we continue to elect great Democrats to Congress and the White House for years to come. Please give today.

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Pride: Commemorating, Celebrating, and Communing

Pride includes family, faith, patriotism.

Pride is an opportunity for us, the LGBTQ+ community and our allies, to commemorate, celebrate, and commune with one another. We remember past and current struggles for our civil rights. We celebrate the freedoms and equalities gained. We come together as a visible presence in the wider community to affirm one another.

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Remembering Donald Davenport, Activist and Long-time LGBT+ Democrats of VA Board Member

Donald Davenport

Long-time LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia Board Member, Vice-Chair for Outreach, and activist Donald Davenport passed away on May 6th, 2024, after a lengthy illness. Don’s dedication to the Democratic Party was only outpaced by the warmth of his personality. From being at the Stonewall Riot to zig-zagging around the Commonwealth representing the Democratic Party at Pride events, Don’s activism and spirit impacted countless individuals. He will be sorely missed.

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Senator Danica Roem Encourages Transgender Visibility

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Democratic Virginia Senate Senator Danica Roem spoke at the Festival of the Book held in Charlottesville on Saturday, March 23, 2024 about her book, Burn the Page, published in 2022 and her experience as a transgender candidate and member of the Virginia General Assembly. She encouraged transgender political hopefuls to “be vulnerable enough to be visible.”

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Remembering Cragg Hines, a “Democrat’s Democrat”

Cragg Hines with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Democrats lost a fixture in the Party with the passing of Cragg Hines on December 16th, 2023. Hines was a longtime supporter of LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia as an early caucus member. He was also a member of Virginia Partisans, the predecessor to the caucus, helping to raise funds to support LGBT+ and pro-LGBT+ candidates for elected office in Virginia. In addition to his Democratic activism, Cragg Hines had a storied and award-winning career as a journalist. He was a correspondent, bureau chief, and columnist for the Houston Chronicle.

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Thoughts and an Ask as We Close 2023

It’s been quite the year as we battled for the soul of the Commonwealth. Maintaining Democratic leadership over the Virginia Senate was critical in continuing to thwart the efforts of Glenn Youngkin to delegitimize, demonize, and restrict freedoms of individuals who don’t share his right-wing ideology. We did more than maintain control of the Virginia Senate. We won control of the Virginia House of Delegates as well.

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Why We’re Leaving Twitter

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We cannot tacitly endorse the ideology at the helm of Twitter/X as the platform becomes less safe for the LGBT+ community. After over 12 years and over 800 posts, it’s time for us to leave. Fortunately, many other ways exist to stay connected with LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia.

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LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia Launch New Endorsement Questionnaire

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The endorsement questionnaire for LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia now includes questions about ensuring equal access to public services, preserving free speech and expression, prohibiting bans on LGBT+ military service, protecting transgender students in public schools, ensuring access to gender-affirming health care, and more issues important to the LGBT+ community that have been subjects of recent legislation. The last update to the questionnaire was in 2021.

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What Pride Includes

Pride includes family, faith, patriotism.

With the increase in political rhetoric and legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, Joel McDonald, chair of LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia, shares how Pride includes families, faith, and patriotism.

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New Chairperson and Executive Board Elected for LGBT Democrats of Virginia

Of note, Maggie Sacra, the caucus chairperson for over a decade, opted not to run for re-election to this office. Instead, she will remain on the board as the Immediate Past Chairperson and also serve as Assistant Treasurer. Longtime board member Joel McDonald, who has served as Vice Chair for Technology and Communications and the Vice Chair for Technology, will serve as Chairperson.

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Passing the Baton, but Still Keep’n On

For the last fifteen years I have served on the Board of the LGBT+ Democrats of Virginia as an elected member, first as a Treasurer (2009-2011), part of the time acting as Chair, and then as the Chairperson (2012-2023). We have grown a great deal during this time, and we’ve weathered lots of changes. Ones that probably would have resulted in the demise of a less resilient and strong organization, COVID being a recent example. I could not be prouder of the amazing group of Board members that I’ve shared this ride with for the past fifteen plus years.

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An Almost Return to Normal in 2022, the Work for Equal Rights and Protection Continues

When I sat down a few days ago to write this letter, I looked at letters from the past. I read through them thinking how different our 2022 was from our 2019, 2020, and 2021. So many things have changed in our lives over the past few years. Now that things are getting back to ‘normal’, we have almost completely gotten back to our previous activities. Hopefully, by next year we will be back to pre-pandemic schedules and events!

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Happy Pride!

While Pride is celebrated with parades and festivals, we have to remember that it didn’t start this way. It was a protest; a roar demanding our rights.

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History was made last night

Democrats ran in a number of races unprecedented in recent history, challenging incumbent Republicans in 56 House races and winning 16 of those races without any incumbent Democrat losing their seat. Virginia Democrats also swept statewide races.

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Equality, Pride, and Unity on Display at 2017 Equality Breakfast

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The breakfast was an opportunity for Virginia Democrats to come together to celebrate and advance equality, pride, and unity following a passionate primary season. The breakfast was the first event of the day for Virginia Democrats which included their quarterly Central Committee meeting and their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a major fundraising event for the Party.

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Tickets and Sponsorships Now Available for 2017 Equality Breakfast

We’re excited to let you know that we’ll be hosting our almost-annual Equality Breakfast on June 17, 2017! The breakfast will take place before the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Central Committee meeting. As you probably know, this is the same weekend as the DPVA’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, so we expect tickets to the breakfast to go fast! Our last breakfast sold out quickly. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today.

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