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Log Cabin Successes at the California GOP Convention

Last weekend, your California Log Cabin Republicans leadership team assembled in Sacramento at the California Republican Party convention. The difference just a few years make could not be more striking.

Just four years ago at this very convention, we made history by receiving our official charter by the CAGOP – marking the end of a 20+ year battle with hardliners that worked mercilessly to exclude LGBTQ conservatives and our allies. Our recharter this year was passed unanimously and was routine. We were honored to have our new Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, Jerri Ann Henry join us in California over the last two weeks and were thankful that she was able to come to convention as well. We hosted a fun hospitality suite with our friends at the California Young Republicans that was packed all Saturday night.

Besides the revelry and the standard party functional work, we’re proud of another milestone reached: last weekend, the members of the state party central committee elected 4 Log Cabin members to the Party’s Board of Directors.

Elected this weekend were:

  • Peter Kuo, of Santa Clara, who will serve as the state Vice Chairman
  • Greg Gandrud, of Carpentaria, who will serve as the Treasurer
  • Jason Clark, of San Francisco, who will serve as the Regional Vice Chairman – Bay Area
  • Lindsey Stetson, of Ventura, who will serve as the Regional Vice Chairman – Central Coast.

Lindsey & Peter are both LGBTQ-supportive allies and active members of Log Cabin, so we’re especially thankful of their leadership to support our community. Long-time ally of Log Cabin, Jessica Patterson, was also endorsed by our organization and elected as the CAGOP’s first ever Latina Chair of the Party!

A special point of pride with the election of Greg as Treasurer. He was the first openly-gay member of the California Republican Party Board of Directors, and now with his elevation to the #3 position on the Board, becomes the highest-serving LGBTQ person on the CRP Board.

We’d like to take a moment to thank Log Cabin member and LGBTQ-ally Sue Caro, who concluded her time on the CRP Board, whom Jason is replacing.

The media covering the convention has been very positive – the CAGOP elected a 38 year-old Latina, Jessica Patterson, as Chair, a Taiwanese-immigrant, Peter Kuo, as Vice-Chair, an openly gay man, Greg Gandrud, as Treasurer, and a 2-time cancer survivor, Randy Berholtz as Secretary. The times, they are a changin’!

I was honored to be reelected to serve as LCRCA Chair for another term, and will be joined by Paul Cummings as Vice Chair. Our board is made up of several at-large members and the president of every chapter in the state (10).

Log Cabin Republicans are represented at the highest levels in the California Republican Party, continuing a legacy built by the work of so many in the decades before us. For anyone who says the Republican Party isn’t inclusive, they are sorely wrong. For those who insist that LGBTQ’s and other minorities don’t have a place in the Republican Party, we are now running the Party in California. And for those who don’t see the relevance of Log Cabin Republicans – well, we put in the hard work and our members earned their seat at the table.

This is just a snapshot of the political “insiders” work that we do at Log Cabin Republicans – if you’ve been absent from a meeting this year, I’d like to invite you back to jump on board this dynamic organization as we prepare for the Pride season and the exciting 2020 election cycle.

A Lot Has Happened Over the Last Few Weeks

A lot has happened in the past few weeks!!!

First, there was President Trump's historic announcement in his State of Union Address that he has put together a plan to end the HIV epidemic by the year 2030! You can read more about the details here and how you can help make it happen:

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

Then, it was announced this week that Log Cabin ally and U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell, and the Trump Administration plan to launch a global effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality around the world! This is big, folks!!! A global strategy to stop the arrest, torture, and even murder of LGBT people around the world is a game changer, and it's proudly being led by one of our own.

You can read more about Ambassador Grenell and the Administration's plans here and be sure to let your friends know as well:

Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

It's an exciting time to be a member of Log Cabin Republicans. If you aren't already a member, please join, and if you are already a member, get more involved. To find out how you can, and the Log Cabin Chapter nearest you, click here to find a chapter!

2018 Voter Guide

Now that we’re just 2 weeks out from the November 2018 general election, we wanted to communicate to you some important voter information.

First and foremost, we have five endorsed Log Cabin members running for office in California:

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The truth about the new State Department policy regarding visas for foreign diplomats with same-sex partners

The reporting by many publications on the Trump Administration's new policy on awarding visas to U.N. officials and foreign diplomats from other countries who are in same-sex relationships has generated fear and anger by many in the LGBT community. Most articles would have you believe from their headlines and content that the new State Department policy will halt visas for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, so it’s understandable why people are worked up. So was I when I first read it. The only problem with this narrative is, it isn’t actually true. Because there is so much disinformation going on regarding this policy right now, I want to take a moment and make sure everyone knows what the policy actually says, why it changed, and what it really means for LGBT equality across the globe.

Before I took a stance one way or the other, I definitely wanted to make sure I fully understood the policy, and had all the facts in order to determine whether this was a step forward or back for gay rights. Thankfully, I was able to get the answers to all my questions, which you can find below. The bottom line is this; the new State Department policy treating gay and straight diplomats the same exact way, is actually a very good thing for the cause LGBT equality worldwide!!!

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What You Missed in Catalina

Another successful Catalina Adventure is in the books!

Log Cabin members from across the state boarded the Catalina Express on May 12th and headed 26 miles across the sea for a day of fun.  After the customary miniature golf tournament, members spent the day exploring the island.  They met up for dinner afterwards to share their adventures and then returned after a full day.  

Check out some pictures of the day below.  Hope you can join us next year!

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Richard Grenell is the new US ambassador to Germany -- A landmark moment in gay history

Though it took nearly seven months to be realized, the confirmation of President Trump’s inspired pick of Richard “Ric” Grenell to serve as the U. S. ambassador to Germany is now a fait accompli, and deservedly so.

After a delay seemingly as interminable as the fruitless Russia probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, obstreperous Democrats finally folded Thursday when the Senate voted 56-42 to make Grenell our ambassador to Germany.

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Richard Grenell taking the oath of office on May 3rd before Vice President Pence while his longtime partner Matt Lashley holds the bible.

Grenell has proven himself more than up to the task of his present charge. He has worked for four U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations, including a distinguished tenure working alongside current National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Grenell also happens to be gay, and a longtime member and supporter of Log Cabin Republicans. His confirmation marks a major milestone: Grenell has now become the highest ranking openly gay official in any Republican administration in American history.

Log Cabin Republicans – the nation’s largest organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, where I serve as president – led the charge for months pushing for Grenell’s confirmation.

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Letter from President Trump Commemorating Log Cabin's 40th!

From the Office of the President of Log Cabin Gregory T. Angelo

What a way to start the year!

Hot on the heels of formal and public recognition of Log Cabin Republicans by the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, I am honored to share the below letter with you from the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, commemorating our 40th anniversary:

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We Resist the #Resist March

June 12, 2017, will be the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Forty-nine LGBT people and straight allies lost their lives that night, and dozens of others were wounded when a terrorist carried out a vicious attack on those simply wanting to have a fun night out with friends. It was the deadliest shooting in American history.

We all remember where we were when we first heard of this horrific act of barbarism. In Los Angeles, people in our community woke up on Sunday morning, the second day of our usually joyous LGBT Pride Festival, to the news of what had happened to our brothers and sisters the night before, in a place most LGBT people consider sacred and safe. Fear, sadness, and uncertainty carried the day in West Hollywood...

Op-ed: Why LGBT and the GOP are Better Together

Log Cabin California President Matthew Craffey penned this Op-ed featured in The Advocate:

As a gay man living in Los Angeles for two years now, I’ve been asked more than a few times how I could be both gay and Republican. It can be such a contentious issue that I feel compelled to bring it right out in the open on a first date. The whole process is like coming out for a second time, with the latter being almost as harrowing.

When I mention I serve on the board of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for pro-LGBT Republicans, the bewilderment grows: “You mean there are more of you out there?” It’s not lost on me why there is so much animosity in our community toward the GOP. But even if you are a committed Democrat, you should support the work being done by gay Republicans and other allies within the party.

More will be done for our community in terms of equality and representation if both parties believe our vote is up for grabs. If you’ve watched cable news at all lately, it’s clear the GOP is a party in transition. Candidates and many in the leadership want to engage the LGBT community...

Read the rest at The Advocate...