As one of his first initiatives as State Representative for District 113, Michael Grieco filed House Bill 109 to ban conversion therapy against LGBTQ minors in our State.
SAVE applauds State Representative Michael Grieco for continuing the legacy that former State Representative David Richardson began. Although Richardson’s conversion therapy bill was stifled in 2014 and for several years after, it led to SAVE partnering with Representative Richardson to successfully pass ordinances to ban conversion therapy across nineteen local municipalities and in Broward County from 2015 to 2018, helping raise awareness of this important issue that affects our most vulnerable youth.
“Most people would be shocked that this pseudoscientific attempt at brainwashing is still legal in forty-one states including Florida. Now is the time for Floridians to recognize that we need to protect our LGBTQ youth from what is essentially legalized child abuse,” -State Representative Michael Grieco
"I was happy to hear Representative Grieco filed a legislative bill on conversion therapy today. I first filed a bill in 2014 to ban this nonsensical “therapy,” and though the bill was not heard I partnered with SAVE to further the conversation and educated many people about this horrific practice. I’m looking forward to the day when conversion therapy is banned all over the state of Florida." -Former Representative David Richardson.
Florida became the first state to introduce legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in the 2019 legislative session when Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez filed a Bill in the Senate.
Representative Grieco is committed to continuing his strong pro-equality track record as a former Miami Beach Commissioner in his new role as State Representative, and will continue to carry David Richardson’s legacy in making LGBTQ rights a top legislative priority for Florida.
As we wake up this morning, let us celebrate the change that took place across our beautiful country last night. Although we may be feeling the sting of painful losses, there are silver linings that fuel our hope and move us forward.
A group of more than one hundred diverse women was elected to Congress, including our own Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and we won the House back, ensuring the checks and balances set forth in our Constitution. These are all strides to be celebrated among others: Colorado has its first openly gay Governor, the first openly gay Native American House member was elected, and Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure that protects our transgender family.
We worked tirelessly in Florida and despite Mayor Gillum's narrow loss and some defeats in other key races, we've achieved major strides on behalf of you and our community, with several wins ushering in continued progress and inspiration. From the restoration of voting rights to disenfranchised individuals to Congressional upsets and solid wins in the Legislature, coupled by successful elections of strong candidates at the Municipal level, our movement is fortified and continues to strengthen throughout South Florida.
Below please find the listing of those with whom we celebrate today.
US Senator - Bill NelsonCongress 18 - Lauren BaerCongress 23 - Debbie Wasserman SchultzCongress 25 - Mary Barzee FloresCongress 26 - Debbie Mucarsel-PowellCongress 27 - Donna Shalala
Election day is November 6th. Click HERE to find your polling place.
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2018 — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and SAVE, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, announced their endorsements of Donna Shalala (D) in her bid to represent the people of Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Shalala is running to replace outgoing champion of equality Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), who is retiring from office at the end of her term.
“Donna Shalala is a proven leader who will stand up to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and help pull the emergency brake on their reckless agenda,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “With the experience and commitment needed to move LGBTQ equality forward, Donna will reject the politics of discrimination and fight for all of the hard-working families in her district, across the state of Florida, and throughout the country. HRC is proud to endorse Donna Shalala for U.S. Congress.”
In his fourth season with the Miami Dolphins, Kenny Stills has consistently utilized his position as a professional athlete to make an impact on and off the field. Stills has been a pioneer among athletes in addressing societal issues. The team captain has participated in every player driven community event for the last two seasons and helped organize a town hall meeting in 2016 that brought influential local leaders together with law enforcement to discuss actionable steps to address issues of racial inequality. Stills has won SAVE's admiration and respect for being one of the most visible Dolphins in the community and a strong advocate to protest against racial inequality and systemic oppression.
“Retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is leaving behind a long legacy of championing LGBTQ equality, and we are proud to be supporting Donna Shalala to continue that legacy,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “It is beyond doubt that Donna is the most qualified candidate in this race. She is ready to be our next champion in D.C. on day one.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign and SAVE, two organizations that have fought so hard for equality in Miami-Dade and around the country,” said Donna Shalala. “Though we’ve come so far in achieving basic equal rights for LGBTQ Americans, there is still much work to be done, and I look forward to getting to Congress to continue fighting.”
Donna E. Shalala has spent her entire career fighting to improve the lives of others. The former president of the University of Miami, she has advocated tirelessly for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools and a clean, sustainable environment. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. In Congress, Shalala has pledged to support the Equality Act — critically important federal legislation that would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws.
In Florida, HRC has identified nearly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and more than 3.2 million “Equality Voters” — meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign to mobilize these voters for the midterm elections called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history.