SAVE is proud to recommend former Congressman Joe Garcia for Representative of Florida’s 26th congressional district. Election Day is November 8!
Joe was first elected to Congress in 2012 representing the old 26th congressional district encompassing southern and western Miami-Dade county as well as the entirety of Monroe County and the Keys.
During his term as congressman, Joe served South Florida’s LGBTQ community admirably, garnering SAVE’s Champion of Equality Award in 2013 for his sponsorship of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and his efforts to protect LGBT immigration rights in the reform package under consideration.
Prior to his term in Congress, Joe stood out as an outspoken community advocate for equality. As Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation in 2001, he led the organization to oppose the repeal of the Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance. He appeared on Spanish radio and TV during the HRO fight in 2001, and did so again in 2008 on behalf of defeating that year’s statewide anti-equality marriage amendment.
Joe was defeated for re-election in 2014 by the incumbent Congressman, and his current opponent, Representative Carlos Curbelo. SAVE’s panelists had the privilege of interviewing both the current Congressman Curbelo and the former Congressman Garcia.
Congressman Curbelo has taken concrete pro-equality policy steps, such as his early support of SAVE’s Equality Network of businesses for workplace equality, and the LGBTQ community looks forward to working with him should he win re-election.
In the end, however, Joe Garcia’s extensive public record in support of LGBTQ equality -- as well as his solid pro-equality record in Congress -- persuaded our panelists in his favor. SAVE is proud to recommend former Congressman Joe Garcia for Representative of Florida’s 26th congressional district.
To VIEW and PRINT all of SAVE's pro-equality recommendations for federal office, as well as SAVE Action PAC's pro-equality recommendations for state and local offices, visit www.save.lgbt/endorsements.
Don't forget: Election Day is November 8! Thank you for your support.
At the urging of SAVE and sponsor Francis Suarez, the City of Miami Commission has voted to ban the discredited practice of anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy."
Thank you to Commissioner Suarez for his sponsorship of this critical resolution, as well as SAVE Action PAC-endorsed Commissioners Ken Russell and Willy Gort. Their leadership will create a more equal future for ALL Miamians.
Tell your elected officials to join the City of Miami -- end the practice of so-called LGBT conversion "therapy" in Florida! Add your name here. >>
SAVE has the momentum across South Florida to end the practice of abusive anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy" -- but our elected officials need to hear from YOU on this critical issue. >>
Tell your elected officials: end the practice of so-called LGBT conversion "therapy" in Florida! Click here add your name now. >>
We have also succeeded in moving bans forward in Miami led by Commissioner Francis Suarez and in North Bay Village led by Mayor Connie Leon Kreps.
Also known as “reparative therapy,” the practice of so-called conversion "therapy" is actually not a clinically tested medical therapy at all. This so-called "therapy" is really a dangerous and discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Such practices have been condemned by every mainstream medical and mental health organization as bordering on torture, but due to continuing societal bias against LGBTQ people, practice of so-called "conversion therapy" continues without any legal consequence.
Minors are especially vulnerable to the dangers of this sham "cure" for being LGBTQ, and the use of so-called conversion "therapy," especially in LGBTQ kids and teens, has been tragically shown to lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, self-harm and suicide.
SAVE's campaign to outlaw so-called conversion therapy at the local level comes as a result of the Florida legislature's failure to pass HB137 -- a bill filed by Miami Beach's own outspoken LGBTQ advocate State Representative David Richardson -- which would have outlawed conversion therapy statewide.
In the face of such inaction on conversion therapy, SAVE teamed up with Rep. Richardson and turned instead to local lawmakers to do the work that the legislature refused. Click HERE to join SAVE in demanding that elected officials across Florida outlaw the abusive practice of conversion therapy. >>
So called "conversion therapy" finds its basis in the prejudiced and outdated view that being LGBTQ is a mental illness in need of treatment. Of course, we know today that being LGBTQ is not a disease, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are psychological traits that generally cannot be changed.
This bold new campaign is only possible because of engaged citizens like you making your voices heard -- and we will only succeed by speaking together with one voice, in favor of outlawing this abusive practice.
Click here to add your voice to the chorus in favor of outlawing abusive conversion therapy in Florida. >> Thank you for your support.
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