Pride Night Celebrated with a Win by the Bradenton Marauders

Members and friends of the Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus enjoyed an evening out at Pride Night of the Bradenton Marauders’ Minor League Baseball team on Friday, June 11, 2021, at LECOM Park.  The Marauders won their game against the Daytona Tortugas, 6 to 5, quite possibly due to the unbridled support offered by our Caucus members.

Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Rallies in Support of Trans-girls in Sports On June 1, 2021, Gov. DeSantis signed the “Education” bill, which included an amendment banning trans-girls from participating in school sports on female teams. Along with other groups around Florida and coordinating with the Sarasota Stonewall Democratic Caucus, our Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus led a protest rally in downtown Bradenton.  We want trans-children to know that we love and support them. Mary Tavarozzi, of ALSO Youth, joined the Bradenton rally and spoke eloquently on behalf of the children.  And we had great media coverage from local newspapers and Tampa-based TV channels.

Q+Manatee LGBTA Democratic Caucus Raises Funds for ALSO Youth

On May 23, 2021, the Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus held its first, in-person get-together in over a year at the Adobe Graffiti Lounge in the Village of the Arts.  The event provided an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ Caucus to raise funds for ALSO Youth, which supports LGBTQ+ youth in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  Approximately 50 people attended the event which raised over a thousand dollars for ALSO Youth.  Lizzie Cofrancesco took the lead in organizing the event with full participation of ALSO Youth officials and with many LGBTQ+ Caucus members contributing to the event’s success.

Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus’s fundraiser for ALSO Youth held on May 23, 2021.  Pictured, from left to right, are Kent Noel (Caucus’s Chair), Lizzie Cofrancesco (Caucus’s event organizer), Mary Tavarozzie (ALSO Youth President), and Dan Coppinger (Caucus’s Vice-Chair for Programs and Membership).)



March 27, 2022 (Saturday), starting 10:30 AM.  “2022 and You, hosted by the Manatee County Democratic Party.