At its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 21, the Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Palm Beach re-elected President Wayne Whitson; Vice President Steven Licari; Secretary Kevin Muth; and Treasurer Davilyn Whims. Elections are held in odd numbered years and positions are for two-year terms.

The Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Palm Beach was created in 2011 to honor local pioneer lesbian feminist Rusty Gordon whose list of accomplishments in support of equality for everyone was impressive. Unfortunately, it was cut off prematurely when she died in 2009 at age 67.

“Rusty’s was an early voice for equality,” said President Wayne Whitson. “I’m honored to be able to help pick up some of the work she did in the political arena in Florida and particularly in Palm Beach County.”

The Caucus is a chartered affiliate of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus and the Florida Democratic Party and is assigned to District 5, a geographical segment of the state consisting of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Okeechobee, Highlands, Glades, and Hendry Counties.

Membership in the Caucus runs from January 1 to December 31 and renewals are still coming in from the group’s reminder mailing in January.

“We expect an increase in membership with all that’s going on in politics right now,” Whitson said.

“And, of course,” he continued. “We’ll be at PrideFest (March 25 & 26) where we’ll be registering people to vote, signing them up to vote by mail and inviting them to join the Caucus.”