Palm Beach: LGBT Dem Caucus in Palm Beach Lay Out Plans for the Future 

The Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches at last year’s Palm Beach Pride. Photo via the Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus, Facebook.

Last week, the Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches gathered for its monthly meeting where it discussed its current legislative efforts and future social events.

One of the caucus’ main goals was to lobby for two new Florida constitutional amendments. One would provide Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults, and another would prohibit owning assault weapons. 

On top of those, some caucus members also laid out priorities for the March 25 and 26 “lobby days,” which are days dedicated to advocating for even more pieces of legislation in Tallahassee.

The caucus is made up of 27 people, all with one goal: to elect more Democratic leaders in Florida. They strive for this by acting as an open resource to Palm Beach County residents by educating, advocating, and supporting LGBT-friendly policies and politicians. 

Stephen Gaskill, president of the statewide LGBTA Democratic Caucus, spoke at the meeting and informed the chapter that their lobbyists would push for the , which would protect LGBT citizens from discrimination in public lodging and food establishments. 

“The business community needs to step up and support this,” Gaskill said. 

They also plan to support another bill that would in Florida. 

President Kevin Muth expressed his anticipation for this weekend’s Palm Beach Pride, sponsored by Compass, the LGBT center of the Palm Beaches. The organization will have a booth present for both days of the event for attendees to learn more about them. 

“We have a fountain of great things in our county,” he said. 

They’ll be handing out rainbow flags and “baby Trump balloons” at Pride, according to caucus Vice President Nicholas Coppola. 

Muth said he would also be rolling out new social initiatives to boost membership and bring members together. Though they’re still in the planning stage, they include picnics, happy hours, and movie events. 

“We are a business-oriented caucus,” Muth said. “When you’re not having fun doing what you’re doing, you lose business.”

Director of South Florida Water Coalition Ryan Rossi made a guest appearance at the meeting and urged caucus members to contact elected officials and dissuade them from lowering Lake Okeechobee’s water levels. 

Rossi said there’s “tons of Democratic support” for keeping the lake’s levels as is, but argues that it’s a nonpartisan issue. 

Gaskill later proposed changing the caucus’ acronym to include a “” “A” in LGBTA stands for ally.)

Their next meeting will be held at Compass on April 16 at 6:45 p.m. You can also visit them at their booth at Palm Beach Pride on March 30 and 31.