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Bylaws of the
Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus
(As amended by the Executive Board on February 28, 2009)
(Subject to final approval by the Caucus in June of 2010)
Article I. Name
The name of the organization shall be the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, also known as
Texas Stonewall Democrats, hereinafter referred to as "the Caucus." The Caucus was formerly the
Lesbian / Gay Democrats of Texas, an organization formed in the early 1970s to work on behalf of
the lesbian and gay community within the Texas Democratic Party.
Article II. Purpose
Section 1. Preamble
A generation ago, neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party opposed homophobia. Today,
the platform of the Democratic Party opposes prejudice based on sexual orientation, and explicitly
supports the adoption of national, state, and local policies to outlaw discrimination. In contrast, the
Republican Party has become the political instrument of those devoted to perpetuating
discrimination. We believe the Democratic Party is the home of those devoted to securing fair and
equal treatment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Section 2. Mission Statement
The Caucus is composed of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
community and our allies (hereinafter referred to as "our Community") to promote our civil rights
through a grassroots-based Democratic political organization serving the State of Texas. It draws its
strength from a statewide network of individuals and clubs who are working to realize these goals:
- Maximize Democratic voter turnout in our Community.
- Educate our Community and people who are supportive of it about the vast differences that
exist between the two major parties on the issues of concern to our Community.
- Encourage our Community to participate in the campaigns of Democratic candidates and at
all levels of the Democratic Party.
- Sensitize Democratic candidates and officeholders to the needs of our Community.
- Educate voters about legislative issue that affect our Community.
- Work with local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Democratic clubs and individuals to
encourage and foster the creation of new clubs.
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Graney, Daniel. [Amendments to Article VII], text, April 7, 2009; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc980397/m1/3/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.