Press Releases

  • Happy Juneteenth 2020

    WASHINGTON, DC – Gertrude Stein Democratic Club wishes its members a joyous Juneteenth. 155 years ago today, news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached over a quarter of a million enslaved African Americans in Texas. Though not yet a federal holiday, 47 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a day to commemorate and celebrate the rights and freedoms entitled to everyone in our Nation

  • Gertrude Stein Democratic Club 2020 Virtual Endorsement Results

    WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club’s (Stein Club) first-ever virtual endorsement meeting, held on May 11, 2020, the membership has voted to endorse a list of Democratic candidates that will uphold the values of the organization and work to promote progress of all LGBTQ people in the District of Columbia. Established in 1976, The Stein Club is the voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Democrats in the District of Columbia.  


  • Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Testifies before DC Council Committee on Government Operations in Support of LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Councilmember Brandon Todd, today heard testimony from Gertrude Stein Democratic Club president Kent Boese on the Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019. The hearing followed the Stein Club’s unanimous vote at its January General Body Meeting in favor of the bill, which aims to increase anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ seniors and seniors living with HIV.  

  • LGBT Ally Tom Perez Elected DNC Chair

    Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Earl Fowlkes met with new DNC Chair Tom Perez.

    Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez became the new Democratic Party chair on Feb. 25, receiving the most votes at the winter meeting of Democratic National Committee members.


  • Members Elect 2017 Officers

    Left to right: Vice President for Administration Alex Morash, Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs Paul Austin, Treasurer Justin K. George, President Earl Fowlkes, and Secretary Jesse Garcia were elected on Nov. 14.

    On Nov. 14, members of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club held officer elections. Earl Fowlkes was reelected as president. He will be joined by a new board:

    Paul Austin, vice president for legislative and political affairs

    Alex Morash, vice president for administration

    Justin K. George, treasurer

    Jesse Garcia, secretary


  • Stein Democrats Recognize Trailblazers

    Sarah McBride (center) brought her parents Dave (left) and Sally (right) to the GSDC Holiday Party. She received the Desi Philip Deschaine Young Democrat of the Year Award. 

    Members of Gertrude Stein Democratic Club gathered on Dec. 13 to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary and recognize individuals who went above and beyond for the LGBTQ community.  "Although we didn't win nationally this past election, we still need to celebrate our advocates and leaders who worked hard for our community," said Earl Fowlkes, GSDC president.

  • Several Marches Coming to DC this Spring

    On March 10, Standing Rock and Native Nations led a march through downtown Washington D.C. They demanded that Tribal interests not be marginalized in favor of the interests of corporations and other governments.

    Are you ready to march, again? Several national movements are coming to the nation's capital this spring to bring awareness to communities under attack by the Trump Administration. Groups are eager to replicate the success of the Women's March on Washington and keep the progressive movement growing.

    March for Science

  • Police Chief Addresses Hate Crimes

    Peter Newsham, shown here addressing the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club membership at March’s meeting, was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as police chief on Feb. 23. The DC Council will vote on his appointment in April. 

    At the March membership meeting, DC Police Chief Peter Newsham introduced himself to Gertrude Stein Democratic Club members and talked about his priorities as the city’s new law enforcement leader. But the night’s conversation was dominated by the results of DC’s 2016 hate crimes report, which showed an increase in crimes directed at the LGBT community.