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No Censorship of ads on Metro

On Friday, December 18, 2009 the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club signed onto a letter drafted by the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance asking metro officials not to censor ads on metro as requested by the group Full Equality Now DC, which has launched an effort to persuade metro to ban advertisements on Metrobuses or Metrorail by the group StandForMarriageDC opposing civil marriage equality for same-sex couples.

The letter points out that as supporters of civil marriage equality, we also embrace the principle of free speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which makes our own advocacy possible.

Read the Entire Letter

Stein Club Thanks DC City Council for Passing Marriage Equality Legislation

The board and members of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, thank Chairman Gray and Councilmember's Mendelson, Graham, Evans, K. Brown, Cheh, Bowser, Thomas, Wells, M. Brown, and Catania for their vote to make marriage equality a reality in the District of Columbia.

By their vote today they have shown the world that the citizens of the District of Columbia stand for equality and fairness for all individuals and families and that as we continue to fight for our right to equal representation in the halls of congress and full self determination, we will not stand for denying rights to any member of our beloved community.

We know that the fight is not over, but today we celebrate this amazing milestone in the history of our city and our nation by applauding the work of local activists and leaders over the last four decades that made today's vote a reality.

Jeffrey Richardson, President
Tim Mahony, Vice President of Legislation & Political Affairs
Sheila Alexander-Reid, Vice President of Administration
Jeff Hops, Secretary
Robert Byrer, Treasurer

Stein Members Elected to DC Democratic State Committee

Last night at its December meeting, the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee (DCDSC) held elections for three at-large vacancies.

Candidates were asked a series of questions targeting their knowledge of the DCDSC, the national Democratic Party, and their stance on key issues.

Of the 10 candidates only two opposed same sex civil marriage equality. One who opposed it personally acknowledged that since the DC Democratic State Committee has endoresed same sex civil marriage equality, that as an elected member of the body they would have to support the issue.

The officers and members of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club congratulate members Carlene Cheatam and Ed Patillo and long time supporter Betty Pierce on their election to the DC Democratic State Committee.

DC Democratic Party Ward Organizations Vote on Marriage Equality

The 8 Ward Democratic Party organizations and diveristy caucus groups will vote this month on a resolution supporting marriage equality in the District.

We need Stein members to attend these meetings to show your support and vote in your ward.

Any Democrat in wards 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 can vote on and speak to the resolution that will be introduced at each ward meeting.

Dates of Ward Democratic Organization Meetings:

DC Democratis State Committee:
Thursday, May 7th 7PM Wilson Building RM 420

DC Young Democrats:
Thursday, May 7th 7PM Wilson Building RM 120

Ward 8 Democrats:
Saturday, May 15th Noon. Washington Highlands Library 115 Atlantic St SW

Ward 5 Democrats:
Monday May 18th 7PM Michigan Park Christian Church 1600 Taylor St NE

Ward 6 Democrats:
Tuesday, May 19th @ 7pm. Southeast Branch Library @ Eastern Market

Ward 7 Democrats: May 30th @ Noon. Venue not confirmed

Stein Club Testifies on Health Education Standards / DC State Board of Education

Washington, DC – December 3, 2007 - The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the largest LGBT political organization in the District, testified at a hearing held by the DC State Board of Education on November 28 to consider the proposed health education standards for DC Public Schools.  Below is the text of our testimony.   


Stein Club Calls on Washington Nationals to Ensure Inclusion of Protections Covered by DC Human Rights Act

Washington, DC - October 19, 2007 - The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the largest LGBT political organization in the District, passed a resolution at the October 15th meeting calling on the Washington Nationals to ensure that its Vendor Procurement Program nondiscrimination policy complies with the DC Human Rights Act.

In a letter sent to the Nationals’ President, Stan Kasten, the Stein Club informed the Nationals that its nondiscrimination policy did not include all protected classes covered by the DC Human Rights Act, especially LGBT protections such as sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Stein Club urged the Nationals to revise its policy to ensure it complies with the DC Human Rights Act and promptly distribute the inclusive policy to the public.