As the LGBT caucus we represent the Democratic Party and its commitment to work on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community at the University of Florida. Our goal is to use education and advocacy as a means to encourage more LGBT people to become active in the democratic process.
Education is our most effective tool to raise awareness about LGBT rights on the local, state and federal level. We aim to raise awareness not only among the LGBT community, but also among the general student population. The biggest opponent of equality is not ignorance or hate but apathy. By raising awareness about the legal and social discrimination faced by LGBT people we will create a more informed student body that will not only take the message of equality to their friends and neighbors but to the ballot box.
The LGBT caucus not only aims to raise awareness about issues faced by the LGBT community but to give our members and the students of the University of Florida the opportunity to advocate on the behalf of equality. Whether it is contacting our elected officials to press them to support LGBT rights, or making calls to promote LGBT friendly candidates and legislation, we will do all in our power to work towards equality for all LGBT people.
The members of this caucus have no doubt that one day all LGBT will be viewed as equals under the law. However, everyday across this country and in your local communities LGBT people are discriminated against, for no other reason than for being who they are. Everyday LGBT people can lose their jobs, their families and even their lives because discrimination in the law gives hate and intolerance a legal foot to stand on. These people are not strangers they are your family, your friends and your neighbors and they live all across this country. Join us today and help us work towards an end to inequality and hate because all people should be equal in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
2013-2014 Caucus Chairs
Troy Epstein is excited to serve as one of the chairs of the LGBT Caucus for the 2013-2014 year. He is a second-year Political Science major, and he enjoys watching sports, kayaking, and reading about issues that impact LGBT individuals around the world. His favorite democrats are Elizabeth Warren and former president Bill Clinton.
Ronnie Socash is a first year Telecommunication major who is a member of the new UF Innovation Academy Program and is excited to serve as an LGBT Caucus co-chair. He enjoys watching the show Sherlock and having extensive conversations about the battle of Gettysburg.
Find out more about the UF College Democrats LGBT Caucus at our Facebook page.
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