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Lester F. Aponte

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let us resolve to continue his fight for greater justice for everyone. To be silent, to not resist, is to be an accomplice to the evil that has overtaken our government.

The LGBT community in California is in mourning. We unexpectedly lost one of our brightest stars, Matt Palazzolo. Matt was a beautiful man in every way. His passion, determination, and generosity of spirit were an inspiration to many in the dark days of Prop 8 and beyond. I feel fortunate to have met him and worked with him on our continued march towards equality. Rest in peace Matt. You made a difference.

For the LGBT community, and for America, 2018 will be a pivotal year. What we have gained, and what remains to be gained, are in peril. Join us for the battles ahead. https://stonewalldemocrats.nationbuilder.com/donate

LGBT rights seem imperiled under President Trump, and in danger around the world. The Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson, Samantha Allen, and Tim Teeman look to what lies ahead in 2018.
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This year's Stonewall Holiday Party will be the social event of the year!

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Latino Equality Alliance & Mi Centro to Fundraiser: Queer Lotería Night for Puerto Rico & Mexico Today

Thank you Casa Fina Restaurant in Boyle Heights for donating a $50 Gift Certificate as a fabulous prize for the Loteria.

Inspired by each other, women across the country have bravely come forward to tell their stories, building the powerful #MeToo movement. Victims have spoken out against misconduct by powerful men in entertainment, journalism, business, and politics. Women in California politics are also making their voices heard. Staffers, lobbyists, and politicians working in Sacramento have reported a pervasive environment of sexual harassment and misconduct towards women and a systemic culture of silence that stymies public disclosure.
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After 50 years of avoiding the subject, Star Trek has now fully embraced an open same sex relationship on its newest show, Discovery. I am so proud of the job Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz are doing bringing this couple to life in such a dignified way.

"You can turn your TV off, sure, but you’ll only be cheating yourself."
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Congratulations to Stonewall member, endorsed candidate and all around great guy Florencio Briones on his election to the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees.

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Lester F. Aponte is with Robert Garcia and Luis Lopez.

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Here is an opportunity to learn more on how our #LGBTQ leaders may serve on commissions.

Lester F. Aponte

Tonight, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party adopted the following resolution:

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A PERMANENT EXEMPTION FOR PUERTO RICO FROM THE JONES A...CT
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the American citizens of Puerto Rico are experiencing a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions, with millions without access to electricity, clean water, reliable food supplies or life-saving medications, and this crisis has compounded an already existing economic crisis which has been worsened by a crippling public debt and federally-mandated austerity measures;
WHEREAS, the Jones Act, which requires all shipping between U.S. ports be done by American-built and American-crewed vessels, is a major impediment to relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, because foreign ships cannot bring aid to Puerto Rico from U.S. ports, but the Trump Administration has only granted a temporary exemption that expired on October 8, and given no indication that a further exemption will be granted ---- and unless Puerto Rico is permanently exempted from the provisions of the Jones Act, that Act will continue to strangle Puerto Rico’s recovery by driving up the price of goods from the United States mainland and the cost of living in Puerto Rico (See, e.g., “The Jones Act: The Law Strangling Puerto Rico,” New York Times, September 25, 2017); and
WHEREAS, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party recognizes the contributions of the American citizens of Puerto Rico, who are an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of this Nation and our State, and many of whom have served with distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces in every conflict since World War I, and supports their right and aspiration to live the American Dream.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls for permanently exempting Puerto Rico from the provisions of the Jones Act; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be relayed to the California Congressional Delegation, Senators Harris and Feinstein, House Democratic Leader Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Submitted by: Lester F. Aponte (AD 46) and Paul Michael Neuman (AD 43)

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STATEMENT BY STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB ON DECISION BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO RESCIND PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER WORKERS

Yesterday, Attorney General Sessions J...eff Sessions reversed a 2014 decision by his predecessor, Eric H. Holder Jr., that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination based on sex also prohibits employers from taking any actions based on a person’s gender identity. This is but the latest action by the Trump administration to reverse policies first adopted by the Obama Administration that provided some protection to the LGBTQ community from discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas of our daily lives. It is a direct attack on the Transgender community, which already suffer the worst rates of unemployment of any group in the United States. According to the "2015 U.S. Trans Survey," a report by the National Center for Transgender Equality:

• 29% of transgender people live in poverty, compared to 14% of the general population.
• 30% of transgender people report being homeless at some point in their lives, with 12% saying it was within the past 12 months.
• Transgender people experience unemployment at 3x the rate of the general population, with rates for people of color up to 4x the national unemployment rate.
• 30% of transgender people report being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing mistreatment in the workplace due to their gender identity.
• 31% of transgender people experienced mistreatment in a place of public accommodation, including 14% who were denied equal service, 24% who were verbally harassed, and 2% who were physically attacked because they were transgender.

In the face of these grim statistics, it would behoove our government officials to seek to protect our Transgender citizens. The Trump Administration, instead, chooses again and again to condone discrimination and bigotry.

Stonewall President, Lester Aponte, said: “For those who believe that the work of LGBTQ activists was complete when the US Supreme Court recognized the right to marry, this should be a wake-up call. What we have gained, we are now losing. And this administration’s wholesale attacks on our community will continue unless we can muster the energy and urgency of the marriage equality movement to force the American public and our politicians to stop Trump.”

The Stonewall Democratic Club is committed to this fight. We again call on Congress to pass the Equality Act to protect all members of the LGBTQ community and to reinstate every protection this administration has stripped from our community. And we will continue to work to elect those who stand with our community instead of attempting to push us back into our closets.

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Lester F. Aponte is with Luis Lopez.

Congratulations to my friend, and Stonewall endorsed candidate, Luis Lopez, for clearing the first hurdle to his election to the California State Assembly. On to victory on December 5.