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Inside Alice This Month!

  • Alice Fall Awards: November 14, 2013, 6 PM - 8 PM
  • Co-Chair Column: Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Be Passed By Senate
  • Alice Happenings
  • Our Children, Our City Community Meetings



Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Fall Awards

Honoring Those Who Build And Serve Our Community
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6-8 PM.
Chambers eat + drink, 601 Eddy Street
Leadership Award
Reese Aaron Isbell
Community Public Service Award
Housing, Service and Community 
for LGBT Communicty
Elected Official of the Year
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu
Robert Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award
Ken Cleaveland
Volunteers of the Year
Micah Hilt
Thomas Li


Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Be Passed By Senate

Ron Flynn
Alice Board, Co-Chair

Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Be Passed By Senate
On November 4, the day before the election, the Senate passed a vote for cloture on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. That procedural vote requires 60 votes, and obtained 61. Passage of ENDA, after the floor debate that is coming, requires 51 votes. Every Democratic senator has gone on record as supporting ENDA. Its passage is assured.
What does this mean? Well a lot and a little.
This is the first time the United States Senate has voted to provide basic workplace protections to LGBT people. In 2007, the House passed a version of ENDA which did not include protections for Transpeople.  That bill died in the Senate. So this is the first time a trans-inclusive bill has passed either house. This is a great moment worth celebrating.
But the law changes slowly. Almost every Congress since 1994 has had a version of ENDA which failed to pass both houses. This is only the second time that either chamber has passed a version of ENDA. This passage sends a message to many people. Democrats seeking office must support ENDA. Republicans are becoming co-sponsors. The public opinion has changed; no one really understands why a LGBT person could be fired simply for being LGBT. 
No one, except the House Republicans and their allies on the right.
Speaker Boehner has said he does not support ENDA and is not bringing it to the floor. Under Republican’s crazy “majority of the majority” rule, which places all policy within the hands of a hard-right minority, there is little to no chance the Speaker will introduce it. That tells us we need to work tirelessly to ensure that Speaker Pelosi has the opportunity to introduce and pass ENDA next time the Senate passes this bill. She could get it done, and would get it done.
We also need to remain aware of the messages that are being used around this issue. Family Research Counsel (FRC), which was a huge proponent of Proposition 8, is decrying that law would take away the right to fire LGBT people where “it is appropriate.” In what circumstances would that be? Well, according to FRC, daycares and schools of course. This plays into the same coded-messages that go back to Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign. It simply, without coming out and saying it, relies on the message that LGBT people are pedophiles. The right’s allies spread these lies, and then the Republican’s take cover in them. We must push back every time.
So the passage of cloture on ENDA will not change the law, and will not stop those aligned against us from continuing to disparage us. But it is another moment along the path to full equality. Something to celebrate. Something to work on.

Alice Happenings

Board Nomination Notice
Per Article III and IV of the Bylaws of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, this is the official notice that the nominations period for the Board of Directors for 2014 is open.  If you have a nomination, please contact  Co-Chair Martha Knutzen at or Ron Flynn at .
Nominations may be made of members in good standing by November 18, 2013.   All nominations will be forwarded to a Nominations Committee, made up of the Board's Executive Committee and a member of our Emeritus Board, who was chosen by the Senior Co-Chair, and is Anna Damiani.  The Nominations Committee will strive to ensure the Board represents the LGBT community as a whole, striving for gender, gender identity, racial and ethnic representation while it keeps the Board number to a manageable size.
The Board of Directors will be elected by the General Membership at its meeting January 13, 2014 after notice to the membership of the recommendations of the Nominations Committee.
Nominations Committee is made up of the Club's Co-chairs, immediate past Co-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, PAC Co Chairs, Membership CoChairs, Communications CoChairs, and Finance Co Chairs, and Emeritus Board Member, Anna Damiani.

Our Children, Our City Community Meetings

What will it take for all of our children, youth and families to thrive in our city? Are there smarter, more effective ways parents, educators, the City, and the broader community can work together to help our kids succeed? Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, and senior leaders from the City and SFUSD invite you to share your opinions and ideas.The Children’s Fund and Public Education Enrichment Fund, which provide more than $100 million every year for our city’s young people, will soon expire. The community is invited to help shape the future of these investments in San Francisco children and youth at five public meetings. CHILDCARE, TRANSLATION AND FOOD PROVIDED. Learn more here!
Saturday, November 9th, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
1601 Lane Street
Tuesday, November 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Gordon J Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street

Thursday, November 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell Street

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