What we are about
The Lavender Caucus is the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender (LGBT) Caucus whose purpose is to facilitate open and respectful communication between the LGBT community and the labor movement by:
- increasing the visibility of LBGT rank-and-file activists, officers and staff members in their unions and workplaces, and in work actions;
- creating a visible SEIU presence within the LGBT community;
- educating SEIU members, staff and leadership about LGBT issues;
- educating the LGBT community about labor issues and supporting workers’ rights within that community;
- networking with other labor and community groups to build a strong, visible coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists;
- organizing against all discrimination, specifically including discrimination based on sex or gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or perceived orientation and/or marital status; and
- promoting and facilitating LGBT active participation and leadership through union democracy and rank-and-file development.
ELECTION 2014 Update- Ohio Governor John Kasich LGBT Record
In light of the recent landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, it is worth noting that Ohio Governor John Kasich – who voted for DOMA in 1996 – has a truly terrible record on LGBT issues.
It’s not just DOMA. Kasich once said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that “I don’t approve of the gay lifestyle,” and he has a long record of opposing marriage equality and equal rights.
Let’s give credit where due, however: for about three hours last March, Kasich moderated his position and supported civil unions…before having a staff member clarify that he, in fact, opposes equality – by any name – after all. A position he reaffirmed today, responding to today’s groundbreaking news that he “supports traditional marriage.”
The record speaks for itself, and it doesn’t say anything good.