Steel City Stonewall Democrats

Who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
Our mission of equality through electoral politics

The mission of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats is to advance equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. We will support public policies that advance that mission in the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the greater Pittsburgh region. We will help elect qualified Democratic candidates that support equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We will work to sensitize and educate all candidates and office holders, Democratic Party leaders, and the community at large to the issues and concerns of the LGBT community.

Within the LGBTQIA+ community, we will promote awareness of and response to political issues that are relevant to LGBTQIA+ citizens.

  • Endorsement

    Every year, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats holds an endorsement meeting before the spring Democratic Primary. Candidates seeking our endorsement must fill out a questionnaire, which is updated annually, and pay a filing fee to be considered. Candidates are also welcome to come speak during the Endorsement Meeting, but are not required. The General membership votes on who to endorse for the primary by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the executive board of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats will vote to break the tie. This questionnaire and member-driven endorsement process ensures that the Steel City Stonewall Democrats support the candidates that truly are allies with the LGBTQIA+ community.
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  • Membership

    The Steel City Stonewall Democrats is a member driven organization. Members determine our executive board, members select which candidates the organization will endorse, and only members can serve on the executive board. The Steel City Stonewall Democrats also rely on membership dues to keep the organization running and financially sound.


The team fighting for LGBTQIA+ equality in western PA!
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Jim Sheppard

Serving his 5th consecutive term, Jim is also a board member of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh and a member of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.
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Jessica McCurdy

Vice President
Our longest serving board member, Jessica is involved with campaigns across the county and is a member of the Allegheny County Commission on Human Relations.
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Joe Day

Our fundraising guru, Joe used to serve as Vice President of the National College Democrats of America and was a member of the Democratic National Committee.
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Megan Winters

The board organizer, Megan is President of the Young Democrats of Pennsylvania and is the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.
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Jim DePoe

Political Director
Board daddy, Jim guides the political operations of SCSD and is also the Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 29.
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DJ Ryan

Membership Director
Board baby, it is fitting that DJ also serves as the President of the Young Democrats of Allegheny County and the LGBT caucus Chair for the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

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