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Stonewall DFL members have voting privileges at all membership meetings and committee meetings; this includes voting for candidate endorsements.

The entire membership generally meets once or twice a year, electing the board of directors which meets monthly. Members are encouraged to be active with our six standing committees which meet with varying schedules. All meetings are public and guests are welcome.

Stonewall DFL is a community caucus of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

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Outreach & Inclusion is Our Mission

Stonewall DFL represents the DFL in the LGBTQ community and represents the LGBTQ community in the DFL.

As the official LGBTQ outreach arm of the DFL, we participate in Pride and other events in every corner of the state – educating and registering voters, promoting our endorsed candidates, and creating a pipeline for LGBTQ people to get involved in the DFL Party.

We remind the Party of – and help it fulfill – its obligations of outreach and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

2019 Elected LGBTQ Democrats endorsed by Stonewall DFL

Electing Champions for our Community

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by endorsing and electing LGBTQ and allied candidates for public office in and in the Minnesota DFL Party. Our endorsements are important to many Minnesotans who seek our advice choosing candidates that will champion issues impacting the LGBTQ community.

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In the middle the continued crisis of COVID-19 and the acts of violence against our community, there was one major story that didn’t get as much coverage as it would have in another year. It’s that in a narrow decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal to be fired for being gay, lesbian, or transgender. I know what a relief this must be for my LGBTQ+ comrades who are workers. I also know that this year that being fired for being LGBTQ+ is not the biggest fear on anyone’s mind.

We’ve made so much progress towards equity for the LGBTQ+ community in just the last decade. It’s always moving to me when I remember that marriage equality was ruled the law of the land just a few years ago. We’re getting closer to legal equality. We aren’t there yet, and we won’t be as long as we allow conversion therapy, a form of torture, to remain legal. We won’t be until we ban the gay and trans panic defenses for assault and murder.

I’ve spent a lot of time out in my district talking to folks who are homeless and housing insecure. They aren’t worried about losing their job for being LGBTQ+ because they don’t have a secure job to begin with. They aren’t worried about being evicted for being LGBTQ+ because they don’t have a stable, permanent home. LGBTQ+ people are outrageously disproportionately likely to be housing insecure or homeless, especially our youth and seniors. When it comes to LGBTQ+ communities of color, the disparity is even worse. As we get closer to legal equality, the frontier in this fight is shifting and we need to start talking about social and economic justice. LGBTQ+ people will not be equal until housing and healthcare are guaranteed human rights. They will not be equal until we the rate of murder and incarceration of LGBTQ+ people drops practically to zero. And they will not be equal until the police stop brutalizing our communities.

Just over 50 years ago at the Stonewall Inn, LGBTQ+ community members, activists, and antifascists stood up to the police and sent a message that they were simply not going to take it anymore. Today, I am proud to be endorsed by the Stonewall Caucus of the DFL.
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Stonewall DFL Endorses Omar Fateh for MN Senate 62

“Omar Fateh is challenging the status quo in Minneapolis,” said Stonewall DFL chair Samuel Doten. “It is not enough to simply vote the right way. We need leaders in the Senate who will push and lead our DFL Party to prioritize policies that ensure affordable housing as a human right and affordable, accessible health care for all. Omar is engaging new voters, driving up turnout, and expanding the DFL volunteer base so we will win statewide with a mandate for bold, progressive action.”

Senate District 62 includes several neighborhoods of South Minneapolis across the Phillips, Powderhorn, Central, Southwest, and Nokomis communities. Fateh is the DFL-endorsed candidate and challenging incumbent DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden.

“Stonewall is named after community members who stood together against police tyranny over 50 years ago. I am proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community in this fight for equity and justice for all,” said Fateh.

Stonewall DFL encourages its members to support Omar Fateh in the DFL primary on August 11.

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.

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Stonewall DFL Endorses Aleta Borrud for MN Senate

“Aleta is a passionate, values-driven leader for equity. She has a deep understanding of the issues affecting the most marginalized LGBTQ+ community members,” said Stonewall DFL chair Samuel Doten. “We’re proud to endorse Aleta to help her flip her district blue and join a new progressive Senate DFL majority.”

Senate District 26 covers most of Rochester and the surrounding areas. The district is currently represented by Republican Carla Nelson.

“When it comes to the struggle for a just world, whether it is disability justice, the fight against police brutality, or equity in housing and employment, the LGBTQ+ movement is at the leading edge. I want to be in partnership with Stonewall DFL because I know they will provide a critical perspective that informs objectives and strategy for the systemic changes we all need,” said Borrud.

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.

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5 days ago

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Stonewall DFL Endorses Heather Keeler for MN House 4A.

“We’re proud and excited to endorse Heather Keeler for the Minnesota House. Heather is an authentic grassroots activist committed to equity for the underheard and underserved,” said Stonewall DFL chair Samuel Doten. “Her perspective and experiences are critical to addressing the disparities and violence experienced by LGBTQ people, particularly our Two Spirit and trans communities. We look forward to helping Heather win this election and partnering together when she’s in the House.”

House District 04A includes the city of Moorhead.

"I'm extremely humbled to earn this endorsement. As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, I will continue to be a strong voice working for a more inclusive Minnesota. I'm extremely impressed with the efforts of Stonewall DFL, and look forward to working closely with this organization to create the changes that will positively impact us as individuals, families and community,” said Keeler.

Stonewall DFL encourages constituents of HD04A to vote for Keeler in the August 11th DFL primary.

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.

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6 days ago

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Stonewall DFL Endorses Thomas Martinez for Minnesota House District 27A

“We’re proud to support Thomas Martinez as he challenges GOP Rep. Peggy Bennett. We especially appreciate Thomas’ public leadership around comprehensive sexual education and challenging the lies of the ‘Child Protection League,’ an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Fear-mongering and scape-goating have no place in our politics,” said Stonewall DFL chair Samuel Doten.

House District 27A includes the city of Albert Lea and parts of Dodge and Faribault counties. The district is currently represented by Republican Peggy Bennett.

"My challenger has openly embraced Anti-LGBTQ ideology. Now is the time for some fresh perspective," said Thomas for 27A.

Stonewall DFL encourages constituents of HD27A to vote for Martinez in the August 11th DFL primary.

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.

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Proud to announce that my candidacy is endorsed by @StonewallDFL, the LGBTQ Caucus of the DFL. As we get closer to legal equity for LGBTQ+ Minnesotans, it's time to address the economic hardship that the LGBTQ+ community faces such as homelessness and lack of adequate healthcare. https://t.co/kKhxVu2cdH StonewallDFL photo

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Stonewall DFL endorses @VoteMcEwen for MN Senate District 7

“Voters can count on me to advance human rights and to fight for LGBTQ equity and justice. I am proud to be endorsed by Stonewall DFL, who recognize I will be a strong and active ally."

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“Her commitment to single-payer healthcare and public housing will materially improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Minnesotans. We are proud to support her in the primary and general elections as we work to win a Senate DFL majority.”

Honored to work alongside you.

Another significant and meaningful endorsement from @StonewallDFL

“Jen McEwen will bring progressive leadership desperately needed in the Minnesota Senate,” said Samuel Doten, Stonewall DFL chair. https://t.co/28XvROYAYX
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Help us win the MN Senate with our endorsed candidate @Lindsey_Port and these other great DFL endorsed candidates 👇👇
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🚨There’s a #MoneyStorm warning in Minnesota!🚨

I’m joining with my fellow candidates @RitaForSenate, @aric_putnam, and @Aleta4MNSenate to #FlipMNSenate in a grassroots storm coming across all of MN!

Chip in at https://t.co/xif4RG16uF to strengthen the storm! https://t.co/fN3hsDa67K