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New Beginnings for Another Bold Year


Here we are - 2014. A brand new year filled with opportunity, energy and leadership!

Together, we ended 2013 on a high note with key LGBT victories but we know that we have a ways more to go. Kick off the new year with the Stein Club by signing up or renewing your membership today!

In 2014, we will continue to do local outreach, raise funds and hold candidates accountable to move our community and our issues forward. Here are key dates to look forward to:

**In order to be eligible to vote in the candidate endorsement forums you must renew your membership by Sunday January 26th

We hope to see you on Jan 13th!

2014 Gertrude Stein Club Elected Officers
Angela Peoples, President
Martin Diego Garcia, Vice President for Political & Legislative Affairs
Diana Bui, Vice President for Administration
Bobbi Elaine Strang, Secretary
Terrence Laney, Treasurer

Thanks to Our Sponsors

37th Annual Leadership Awards Reception
Saturday, September 28, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Purchase Ticket(s) here.

Thank you to this year's event sponsors.

Silver Level Sponsor

Bronze Level Sponsor
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
National Nurses United
The Campaign Workshop
Muriel for Mayor
Jack Evans for Mayor
Tommy Wells for Mayor
Reta Lewis for Mayor
Darlene Nipper
Courtney Snowden

A special thanks to Jason Mida for be tremendously helpful with this event.

Consider becoming a sponsor and be recognized in event materials and at the event. Please email Martín Garcia at to learn more about how to become an event sponsor.

Stein Club Announces 37th Annual Leadership Award Recipients

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's annual awards. "These awardees represent some of the brightest leaders and advocates we have in our movement and we are proud of the work they've done to advance our equality within the Democratic party and across the DC community," said Stein Club President Martin Garcia.

"Our community is ripe with outstanding leaders and deciding who among them to recognize was challenging; we've seen incredible progress in the DC LGBT community, and around the country over the last 12 months and these are some of the people we can thank for that."

  • Heil-Balin Community Service Award - Nikisha Carpenter, President, Youth Pride Alliance
    As the group's president, Nikisha Carpenter has been an inspiring steward of the Youth Pride Alliance for 4 years. In her time, she has grown the organization's capacity to fulfill their mission: provide a community for DC's LGBTQ young people. For Carpenter's outstanding service to DC's LGBTQ community, the Stein Club honors her with the Heil-Balin Community Service Award.
  • Wanda Alston Award - Andy Bowen, Organizer, DC Trans Coalition
    In memory of Wanda Alston who tirelessly worked toward LGBT inclusion within the democratic system of government, the Stein Club awards Andy Bowen with the Wanda Alston Award. Bowen, an organizer with the DC Trans Coalition, pushed the Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Act, worked on helping Lakiesha Washington sue the John L Young Shelter, and is working with other shelters to become more trans-friendly.
  • Desi Deschaine Young Democrat of the Year Award - Toby Quaranta, Past President, Young Democrats of DC
    This award honors the memory of Desi Deschaine, a principled Democratic advocate who supported LGBT inclusion and involvement of young Democrats. In honor of Desi Deschaine, the Stein Club recognizes Toby Quaranta whose unparalleled organizing efforts of DC's LGBT community thrusted his election to president of Young Democrats of DC. And in his role, Quaranta prioritized engaging young Democrats on LGBT equality issues.
  • Richard Rausch Equality Award - TransLAW
    This award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding work to advance the rights of LGBT people. For their groundbreaking work providing free name and gender change assistance to low-income transgender people in the DC metro area, the Stein Club honors TransLAW. TransLAW's work serves as a model for legal clinics across the United States.

Rod Snyder, the immediate past president of the Young Democrats of America, whose coming out story made national headlines, will emcee the event.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar (223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003) from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Purchase tickets here.

Stein Club Releases Special Election Guide

DC's LGBT communities will have a tremendous impact in next week's special election. To help ensure a strong LGBT presence in the Special Election, the Gertrude Stein Club has released this guide clarifying information about voting locations, and outlining members' views on the Home Rule amendment and the At-Large City Council candidates.

View the resource below or download it here.

Bylaws Committee Recommendations for Member Review

As discussed at the March 2013 Membership Meeting, the Bylaws Committee has made a series of recommendations for the general membership to review. The proposed recommendations are viewable in the document here.

Stein Club members in good standing will vote on the full set of proposed recommendations at the April 2013 Membership Meeting.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Stein Club President and Bylaws Review Committee Chair Martin Garcia at

Stein Club Recognizes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Day, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club joins the voices of advocates calling for more resources to address this epidemic. The District of Columbia's LGBT, African American, and LGBT African American communities have been disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Nearly three percent of the DC population lives with HIV, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The DC Department of Health found that one in 16 African American men in DC is living with HIV or AIDS, and the rate of infection among black women in DC's poorest neighborhoods has exceeded 12 percent, doubling since 2010. And a 2012 Black AIDS Institute report found that gay Black men account for one in four new HIV infections each year.

In observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Gertrude Stein Club's Vice President of Political & Legislative Affairs said, "The impact of HIV and AIDS in our communities is all too real, touching many of our loved ones. During this month, when we celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans throughout history, the need to combat and end this epidemic has never been more urgent."

The Gertrude Stein Club looks forward to working with and supporting local efforts to diminish the impact of this epidemic in all of our communities. Residents are invited to Whitman-Walker Clinic's free testing clinics throughout the District. Learn more about the hours and testing locations here.

Stein Applauds DC and Federal Government Partnership to End Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

This past weekend, Mayor Vincent Gray announced a partnership between the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs and the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) that will enhance USAO's ability to bring criminals to justice in cases where hate or bias might have been a factor in a crime committed against an individual who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Vice President for Legislative & Political Affairs Angela Peoples applauded the partnership:

"The Mayor's announcement is a positive step toward stemming the tide of hate crimes targeting the LGBT community. This kind of cooperation between the Office of GLBT Affairs, local and federal law enforcement is necessary to show the District that hate crimes perpetrated against LGBT people will not be tolerated."

Mayor Gray announced the partnership at the memorial service for Deoni Jones, a transgender woman who was killed last February at a bus stop in Washington, D.C. Gray said, "While this partnership will not bring Deoni back, it will give the LGBT community more power to affect the sentences handed down to violent criminals, helping to keep them off our streets."

"The Stein club applauds this effort and we look forward to working with elected officials, organizations and community leaders to end Anti-LGBT violence, " said Peoples.

Read Mayor Vincent Gray's full statement here.