We're proud to announce that it will honor TV personality and teen transgender activist Jazz Jennings, family law attorney Nancy Brodzki, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd as its 2017 Champions of Equality.
The Champions of Equality Gala, to be held the evening of Friday, June 16, 2017 at Downtown Miami's all-new Penthouse Riverside Wharf, will honor the community leaders who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the LGBTQ community in South Florida.
The 11th annual Gala is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, with drinks supplied generously by Tito's Handmade Vodka and Barefoot Wine. The event will be emceed by Roxanne Vargas of NBC6, and guests will enjoy live music by Karina Iglesias of NBC's The Voice.
Jazz Jennings is a YouTube star, TV personality and transgender activist. She is the 16-year-old star of TLC Network's I Am Jazz -- which documents her life as a trans teen in Broward County -- and is known for being one of the youngest people ever to come out as trans when she interviewed in 2007 at the age of seven with Barbara Walters on 20/20.
Since rising to fame in part due to I Am Jazz, as well as the release of her self-authored children's book of the same name, Jazz has been honored to appear on year-end "most influential" lists by Out Magazine, The Advocate, and TIME. She was honored this April by Human Rights Campaign at their Time to THRIVE conference on LGBTQ youth.
Nancy Brodzki is a well-respected family law attorney from Broward County, known for successfully arguing Brassner v. Lade, which resulted in the first ruling in a divorce case overturning Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
Since victoriously arguing on behalf of her client Heather Brassner, the lesbian woman petitioning for the first dissolution of a same-sex marriage in Florida, Nancy has joined SAVE's Board of Directors, with the goal of broadening SAVE's reach in Broward and parts north.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 48-year legacy of innovation and has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 14 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
The cruise line is known for introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea, including its commitment to the LGBTQ community through its Diversity and Inclusion initiative, led by Grant Van Ulbrich and Francisca Phillips.
In addition to the Champion honorees, SAVE is proud to announce three new inductees into its annual Hall of Champions. Herb Sosa, Executive Director of Unity Coalition, will be inducted for his years of work organizing programming for Miami's Spanish-speaking LGBTQ community. Mark Ketcham, Executive Director of Ft. Lauderdale's SunServe, will be inducted in honor of his years of work in service provision to Broward's LGBTQ community.
Local elected officials who partnered with SAVE to enact bans on so-called LGBTQ conversion therapy will be inducted as the third group. This includes Miami Beach Commissioner John Aleman, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Justin Flippen, El Portal Councilman Harold Mathis, North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon Kreps, Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Jordan Leonard and Bay Harbor Islands Councilman Josh Fuller.
“It’s SAVE’s honor to recognize these leaders this year,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “It's people like Jazz Jennings, Nancy Brodzki, Royal Caribbean, Mark Ketcham, Herb Sosa and the elected officials leading the charge to ban conversion therapy who are putting in the leg work towards achieving LGBTQ equality in our South Florida communities."
This year’s Champions of Equality Gala will be held Friday, June 16th, from 7:30PM - 12:30AM atop the all-new Penthouse Riverside Wharf in Downtown Miami at 125 SW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33130.
Tickets to the event are available for presale at $100 online until May 16, $125 online thereafter, and will also be for sale for $150 at the door. Tickets are currently available for purchase at www.championsofequality.com.