The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a grassroots political organization working to improve the lives of LGBTQI+ people at the local and state levels. We are aligned with the Democratic Party, but are formally independent of it. This arrangement means we can both have a seat at the table and hold candidates feet to the fire as Jeanne Smith, our President, likes to say. We are active in: Bartholomew, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Monroe, Lawrence, and Brown Counties. We welcome everyone who agrees with our basic goals to get involved and make positive change happen locally! As stipulated in our bylaws, the purpose of this organization is, at the local and state levels, to: recruit and support LGBTQI+ persons in order to increase the number of LGBTQI+ persons in elected and appointed positions; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; The organization shall conduct activities necessary or desirable to achieve these objectives.

Upcoming Event:

July 21st 3-6pm at Sycamore Shelter, Lower Cascades Park —
Summer Picnic with the Monroe County Democrats’ Club


SD-SCI is led collaboratively by a Steering Committee (elected) and Standing Committees (chairs appointed). We want our leadership to broadly reflect the diversity of our constituents, going so far as to enshrine this principle in our bylaws. However, we cannot do so without active engagement in SD-SCI by many people with diverse backgrounds.

Steering Committee:
President: Wayne Shepherd
Vice President: Jason Michálek
Secretary: Marion Banzhaf
Treasurer: Beth Clawson
At-large Members: Deb Mitchell, Michelle CarrMia Seifers, Jeanne Smith, Melanie Davis, & Brian Daniel
Standing Committee Chairs:
Candidate Recruitment & Political Engagement:
Organizing & Outreach:
Jeanne Smith
Fundraising: Beth Clawson

Nondiscrimination Policy:
Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or religious affiliation.
This is in accordance with our Bylaws – Article V, Section 2, which states: “Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana shall strive to have a diverse range of people serve on the Steering Committee in order to foster voices from throughout the LGBTQI+ community represented in the organization.”

SD-SCI operates in accordance with its bylaws and the policies—called resolutions—adopted by the Steering Committee. These bylaws and resolutions are meant to promote an effective organization that treats everyone fairly. If you see ways for us to improve, let a Steering Committee member know or run for a leadership position yourself!