Throughout this week (10/9 – 10/16), activists have the opportunity to participate in public meetings, fundraising efforts and LGBTQ+ pride events in Sarasota and other Florida cities. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding transgender rights, immigration and national politics.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Feminism and Transgender Justice: Pinellas NOW Meeting
@ 6 – 8 p.m.
Good Samaritan Church Pinellas Park – 6085 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL
Attend Pinellas NOW’s meeting and discussion about the trans experience in relation to politics, athletics, criminal justice, homelessness and youth led by trans woman activist and Legislative Director for Florida NOW Melina Rayna Svanhild Farley-Barratt. In the first half hour of this meeting, attendees will write postcards to Florida Republican legislators regarding ratifications to the Equal Rights Amendment. The remaining time will be devoted to Farley-Barratt’s talk. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct. 11
Ruffs and Fluffs at Raffurty’s
@ 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Raffurty’s Bar and Grille – 1888 Main St, Sarasota, FL
Start off fall break right with a night of food, drinks and cute pets at the Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Ruffs and Fluffs at Raffurty’s event. This event features live music, prizes and many adoptable dogs and cats ready to be given a new home. This event is $25 per person, with all proceeds going to the Humane Society of Sarasota County. It is open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Come Out with Pride 2019
@ 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Lake Eola Park – 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL
Walk in the Most Colorful Pride Parade, shop at the Pride Marketplace and watch performances by iconic drag queens at Orlando’s Come Out with Pride 2019. This year’s theme, “HEROES,” celebrates both 15 years of Come Out Pride and 50 years since the Stonewall riots and honors LGBTQ+ activists, advocates and allies who have fought for equality and justice throughout history. This event is free and open to the public.
Monday, Oct. 14
Hot Topic Monday: The Immigration Crisis
@ 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bradenton Woman’s Club – 1705 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL
Join the Bradenton Woman’s Club for their weekly Hot Topic Monday event to discuss Central American refugees, their experiences trying to escape poverty and crime and the tragedies that occur when they enter a hostile nation that refuses to provide them with proper care. Several speakers will share their thoughts, including criminal defense attorney Jim Delgado, Executive Director of Unidos Now Luz Corcuera and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee professor Jody McBrien, all of whom are local experts on the issues currently present at the border. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Demoncratic Presidential Debate Watch Party
@ 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sarasota County Democratic Party Headquarters – 7358 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL
Meet up with Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) members at the SCDP headquarters for a watch party and discussion of the third Presidential Primary, airing Oct. 15. Get to know the SCDP and their policies regarding equal rights, environmental protection, access to affordable healthcare and more while keeping up to date on the 2020 presidential cycle. This event is free and open to the public.