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This weekend's trans justice canvass recap


This past Saturday, March 21st SAVE had another hugely successful canvassing event in Miami at Florida International University. We are SO proud of the turn out and we can't wait for the next action!

“I’m here today because I believe in equality and you can’t just believe in something and not fight for it,” said Alex, one of the 40+ excited volunteers that attended the canvass. “What’s the point of believing in it if you’re not going to do something about it?”

We totally agree Alex! That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.

The main purpose of the canvass was to inform voters about the need for protections from discrimination for transgender Floridians, and the danger of proposals like HB 583.

HB583 is a bill currently under consideration in Florida's legislature which criminalizes access to public facilities by transgender individuals. The proposal is ill-informed and mean-spirited, and it works to undo local protections from discrimination for transgender people like the one SAVE helped pass in December 2014.


It all started at around 9:30AM and the volunteers were briefed and taught more about the bill, why they’re there, and how to speak with voters about this cause. SAVE organizers Charo Valero & Justin Klecha were accompanied by organizers Steve Deline, Justine Gonzalez, Ella Barrett, and Virginia Escobar from the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Leadership LAB.

Along with the National LGBTQ Task force, the Leadership LAB has partnered with SAVE this year on a pioneer project aimed at figuring out how to best reach voters when it comes to transgender equality.

The canvassing took place in different parts of Miami -- Coral Gables, The Roads, and Coral Gate. Volunteers went door to door to speak about HB 583 and about how this affects the transgender community in hopes to change the perspectives of voters about what it means to be transgender and why it's important for cities and counties to protect their transgender residents from discrimination.


Canvassers came back at around 3PM. Their hard work had totally paid off and the total results consisted of over 100 conversations with Miami-Dade voters. Way to go SAVE!

Our next transgender prejudice reduction canvass is on Saturday, April 11. Join us!


A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came this past Saturday. We’re one step ahead in fighting transphobia. Be sure to share your photos/videos on Twitter and Instagram using #TeamEquality.



2015 Endorsements

Local policies affect our day-to-day lives -- and that's why it's so important to elect pro-equality leaders.

Elections are coming up on April 14, 2015 in Miami Shores and Coral Gables. This is your chance to make your voice heard in favor of equality!

Scroll down to view the candidates playing for #TeamEquality.

SAVE Action PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates in the April 14, 2015 Miami Shores Village Council Elections:

Ivonne Ledesma
for Miami Shores Village Council

Steve Zelkowitz
for Miami Shores Village Council

Sean Brady
for Miami Shores Village Council

SAVE Action PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates in the April 14, 2015 City of Coral Gables General Municipal Elections:

Ralph Cabrera
for Coral Gables Mayor / City Commission - Group I

Sandra Murado
for Coral Gables City Commission - Group V

These candidates received SAVE Action PAC's endorsement after a rigorous vetting process conducted by members of the local LGBT community.

They've been equality-approved by people just like you, and we're confident they'll make us proud if elected to serve their communities.

Skip the lines! Vote by mail!

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 8. Click here to check your voter registration status and request an absentee ballot. >>


Thanks for your support!
Go #TeamEquality!!


Our worst fears confirmed


UPDATE: HB 583 has cleared its first hurdle towards becoming law in Florida -- the Civil Justice Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives has voted to move forward on consideration of this bill. Contact your legislators! Click here to tell them to vote NO on moving forward with HB 583.

We hate to break the news, but our worst fears have been confirmed: the Florida legislature will move forward on HB 583, a bill criminalizing use of public facilities by transgender Floridians.

After a two-year battle, SAVE won transgender nondiscrimination protections in Miami-Dade County last December. This proposal would not only undo that measure, but it would also undo similar laws in cities and counties throughout Florida.

YOU can help stop this absurd attack on LGBT Floridians. How?

1. Send our advocates to Tallahassee!

We need to raise $5,800 to cover travel and housing for our team of trans advocates. Will you help us?


SAVE THE DATE: Champions of Equality 2015 is May 8!



For the past eight years, SAVE has hosted some of the community’s most prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) luminaries for one very special evening. In its 9th year running, SAVE's annual Champions of Equality awards reception will honor those leaders who helped make 2014 such an amazing success for equality.

With historic victories in SAVE's Florida marriage lawsuit and for transgender rights in Miami-Dade County, there is much to celebrate. We expect several hundred community, business, and civic leaders to attend the 9th Annual Champions of Equality Awards Reception to be held this year on Friday, May 8th at the lovely Briza on the Bay event space in Downtown Miami.

Our success is thanks to supporters like you, but with fights for statewide employment discrimination protections and transgender human rights looming in 2015, now is the time to join together -- only with YOUR support can we keep up the momentum for equality!


On Friday, May 8, please join South Florida's most influential community, business, and civic leaders for this most elegant reception honoring those who helped SAVE make 2014 such an incredible year for equality.

Benefits of sponsorship include complimentary ticket packages, speaking opportunities at the event, and recognition on all promotional materials leading up to and during the event, and opportunities to present Champion of Equality awards for Angel- and Champion-level sponsors.

To become a sponsor of Champions of Equality, and for a complete list of sponsor benefits, please click here.

For more info on Champions of Equality sponsorship opportunities, please contact SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima at (786) 246-6417 or

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for info on ticket sales!

David Richardson for Florida State Senate in 2016!


We're proud to announce that SAVE Action PAC endorses Florida's first elected openly gay state legislator, State Representative David Richardson, for Florida's 35th State Senate seat in 2016!

Representative Richardson exceeded all expectations after his historic election in 2012. He has served in Tallahassee admirably on behalf of not only the 113th House District but also the greater South Florida LGBT community.

As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Richardson fought to provide state funding to tackle the problem of homelessness among LGBT youth.

He also spearheaded changes that have added protections for LGBT children and teenagers in the state foster care system, and he was an outspoken supporter of pro-equality leaders during the 2014 election cycle.

In December, Richardson became the first openly LGBT individual to serve in a leadership position in the Florida legislature when the House Democratic Caucus selected him as Floor Leader. We couldn't be prouder to support his bid for the State Senate.

Today's announcement comes as part of SAVE Action PAC's strategy to support pro-equality leaders early and often to ensure victory come Election Day -- and we'll need YOUR help to win!

Join #TeamEquality! Sign up to volunteer now. >>

Thanks for your support!

Transgender discrimination bill filed in Florida House


Today, we learned that State Representative Frank Artiles of Miami-Dade County (pictured above) has filed a misguided bill that targets transgender Floridians by preventing access to facilities in public spaces.

House Bill 583 would also force businesses to discriminate against their own employees and customers, and invalidate nondiscrimination policies that already exist on the local level, like the one SAVE helped pass in Miami-Dade County last December.

The reality is that these protections for transgender people have been enacted in 17 states and over 200 municipalities, without any increase in public safety incidences. These laws have been implemented successfully to do what they are meant to do: to ensure dignity and respect for everyone.

The proposal is absurd and hurtful. It aims to undercut our recent advances towards full equality, and creates massive barriers to using the facilities that we know fit our bodies.

We welcome the opportunity to educate elected officials as we continue to work for full statewide equality. We will hold firm and continue our prejudice reduction work despite these attempts to halt our progress.

Join us on Saturday, February 21 as we continue to change hearts and minds to reduce transphobia in South Florida. RSVP here. >>

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: 10am-3pm
Action: #TeamEquality Prejudice Reduction Door-to-door Canvass
Place: FIU South Campus (MMC), at Graham Center in room GC140




Supreme Court to decide on marriage!

Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear freedom to marry cases this year.

This is it. The Supreme Court will rule once and for all on whether to allow committed gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry from sea to shining sea.

While I'm proud to report that in part because of SAVE and the ACLU's lawsuit, Florida is now one of 36 states with marriage equality, the Court's decision could finally bring marriage equality to all of America.

When the Justices make their decision, we need to make sure they know that the people support the freedom to marry. No family living in any U.S. state or territory should be locked out of this fundamental human right.

A final victory for #TeamEquality is within our grasp -- but we have to give it everything we've got to make that win a reality.

PHOTOS: Florida marriage equality celebration!

We made history.

If you told us last January that gay and lesbian couples would be free to marry in Florida within a year, we wouldn't have believed it.

It was an aggressive effort, orchestrated by amazing legal teams (like ours at the ACLU of Florida), very brave plaintiffs willing to put their lives in the public eye, and advocacy organizations like SAVE making sure to keep the public updated on the latest.

It also happened because of supporters like you -- and we were so honored to host more than 800 of you Tuesday evening as we celebrated the arrival of the freedom to marry in the Sunshine State. It was a beautiful event which gave our Federal Case co-plaintiffs and couples from the community the opportunity to renew their vows to their loved ones.

On behalf of all of Florida's gay and lesbian couples, we want to thank you for everything you've helped us do. It wouldn't have been possible without you. But, as many of us know firsthand, there's still lots to be done.

In 2015, SAVE will...

Fight for statewide employment nondiscrimination protections.
Defend transgender nondiscrimination in Miami-Dade from threatened challenges.
Engage Spanish-speaking communities on issues of LGBT equality.
Take the fight further into South Florida counties.

...and we need your help to do it.

Will YOU help us keep the fight alive?
Give SAVE a head start on our 2015 equality agenda. >>

Thank you for making a difference.

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