Brunch Tickets On Sale!

Democrats for Equality,

Last week, we opened ticket sales for our upcoming club event: Our Members Make History: A Celebration Brunch!

It will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10:00am to Noon. Our amazing VP for Political Action Susan Guinn and her spouse Denice Feldhaus will host at their home.

This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate all the work we have done over the last election cycle, and just come together and relax for a minute. When was the last time any of us went to brunch together? Well, now here’s your chance!

We would like to thank our amazing Host Committee (thus far) for this event:

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • Assembly Majority Whip Todd Gloria
  • San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell
  • San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward
  • Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher
  • Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Councilmember Joe Mosca
  • San Diego Community College Trustee Craig Milgrim
  • County Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
  • Club Vice President for Resource Development Amy Kuhn
  • Club Vice President for Political Action Susan Guinn
  • Past Club President Stephen Whitburn
  • Club Member John Tedstrom
  • Club Member Toni Duran

Whew! Lots of incredible names for our Host Committee — thank you!

If you don’t see your name there, then we would love to have you be apart of this incredible event. Take a second and join as a member of our Host Committee for $150!

Or, feel free to purchase a general ticket for $25.

This is our club’s first fundraiser as your new Club President, and it’s apparently already a smashing success! We set out what I thought was an attainable fundraising goal of $2,500 — and as of yesterday we shattered it.

I am not a professional fundraiser by trade, so making these asks are a little new to me. At the same time… hot damn! We seem to be doing quite well!

Makes me wonder… if we should increase our fundraising goal to $5,000 and see if we can hit that mark? What do y’all think?

Did y’all see this?

The Washington Post had a story this week about late-night host John Oliver’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, being one of the most-challenged books in public libraries.

(OMG Ryan!? Who cares!?)

Thanks for asking! Homophobes care, apparently.

Despite being a comedic send-up of (Mike Pence’s wife) Karen Pence’s book about their pet bunny Marlon Bundo, the parody book is a sweet story of Marlon Bundo finding love with another boy bunny. That was enough for a second-place finish on the American Library Association’s list of most-challenged books in public libraries.

Interestingly enough, the American Library Association tracked 347 challenges in libraries last year, and most of the books that were challenged — 6 out of the top 11 — featured LGBTQ+ themes.

In fact, the #1 book challenged last year was George, from author Alex Gino, about a transgender child who wants to play Charlotte from the classic story Charlotte’s Web in a school play.

Charlotte’s Web was one of my absolute favorite books to read back in my elementary school days, plus I was one of those precocious theatre kids, so this story’s premise already has me thinking about adding this to my iBooks account.

If you’d like to check out Georgehere’s a link to Amazon.

Also, if you’d like to check out A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundohere’s a link to Amazon as well.

At our next club meeting on Thursday, April 18, we will start getting into our first round of endorsements for the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election. Our meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest (3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103) at 7:00pm.

We will hopefully make a friendly incumbent endorsement in San Diego City Council District 9, as well as make an endorsement for San Diego Mayor.

Also, we will get around to hearing some bylaw changes regarding the creation of “Regional Director” positions. I know we’ve been talking about this for some time. The new proposed language for you to review has been updated to refer to these as “Area Representatives.”

A full review of these proposed changes can be found here.

(Ryan!? Isn’t our board big enough!? WTF is wrong with you!?)

Well, I’m glad you asked! I believe I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate — prior to our club’s executive board elections in February, we had looked at the opportunity of diversifying and expanding our executive board to fully reflect representation across the county.

We have LGBT representation and elected officials in every part of San Diego County — except East County. More on that in a second.

There are more LGBT elected officials in San Diego than in San Francisco.

A couple months ago, it was stated to me by a longtime member of the club that at one time most of the board members had lived within Hillcrest and North Park. As our LGBT community’s political influence has grown outside of just the third City Council District, we have been able to make strides throughout all parts of San Diego County.

So, now that we have this opportunity to expand further — and one of our club’s biggest goals should be identifying and recruiting candidates to run in East County — we would like to ensure that our executive board reflects that geographic diversity as well.

Our executive board should have a voice at the table from North County, South Bay, and especially East County. For that reason, we would like to move forward with adding that geographic diversity onto our executive board.

Finally, our County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Dinner is coming up for Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme is “Building Power for the People!”

Our club is putting together a nice basket for the silent auction item for attendees to bid on, and we are expected to have at least one table (maybe two) depending on how many club members purchase tickets to the dinner.

If you wanna sit with us, please purchase a ticket to the Roosevelt Dinner here. Also, be sure to list Dems 4 Equality under table affiliation.

Hot take: the vegan ravioli last year was pretty good!

I might’ve found a good complimentary close to these communications,

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality