In the wake of this weekend's massive protests, we're hitting the ground running in the fight to defend LGBTQ equality.
We're so proud to announce that yesterday, at the urging of SAVE, the El Portal Village Council voted unanimously to BAN the abusive practice of so-called "conversion therapy" within village borders!
On November 9th, SAVE promised that despite the rise of Donald Trump, we would mount an all-out fight to keep Florida moving forward on LGBTQ equality.
We have committed to set aside $100,000 to shore up programs with proven results in futhering LGBTQ equality, including:
Fighting for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) after the employment nondiscrimination measure's historic passage out of committee in the State Senate
Fighting to end abusive “conversion therapy” -- seizing the momentum of last year’s bans in the City of Miami and other South Florida cities
Fighting attacks on healthcare for LGBTQ Americans that would revoke affordable coverage and access to lifesaving care for diseases like HIV/AIDS
Fighting criminalization of HIV+ status by overturning laws that force those living with HIV/AIDS into the shadows
Diversifying the judiciary by supporting pro-equality nominees for the bench at all levels
Scaling up our prejudice reduction program to engage thousands to contact their elected officials and join direct democracy actions
2017 presents a huge opportunity to lay the groundwork to win back Florida – and SAVE knows how to win here, backing up 14 pro-equality winners at the local level in 2016.
With your help, SAVE is fighting to keep Florida moving forward. Thank you for your support.
SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima speaks in favor of Miami Beach's Safe Space proposal, which passed Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are the most likely targets of hate crimes in America. Committed to protecting its most vulnerable populations, Miami Beach is launching a “Safe Space” program for business and organizations in the city to demonstrate their commitment to the safety and equal treatment of its LGBTQ residents and visitors.
A Miami Beach business or organization desiring to designate itself as a Safe Space may register with the Miami Beach Police Department and obtain a Safe Space decal to post as a symbol of safety (image below).
“We hope this program provides members of the LGBTQ community with safe places throughout Miami Beach that they can turn to if they are the victims of harassment or crime,” said Commissioner Michael Grieco. “Any individual who seeks solace in a Safe Space location can be assured that if they are the victim of a crime, police will promptly be called.”
In order to register as a Safe Space, a business or other organization must agree to the following terms: post the Safe Space decal outside the front entrance of the establishment; allow victims of LGBTQ-based harassment or crime to enter and remain at the establishment until the police arrive; and call or assist LGBTQ victims in calling 911.
“While Miami Beach is certainly one of the most progressive cities in the United States, the potential for crime and discrimination against LGBTQ residents and visitors still exists,” added Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE, recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender against discrimination. “We applaud the city’s efforts in promoting, protecting and defending equality for all.”
At SAVE, we're proud to stand as the first line of defense for South Florida's LGBTQ community. But we'd be lying if we said we weren't scared for the fight ahead.
The unthinkable happened and Donald Trump won the presidency. Mike Pence, who favors twisted and abusive anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy, will be our vice president.
We must stand and fight, or else lose everything. Please give $50, $500 or whatever you can so your local LGBTQ advocate can fight for you to the very end. >>
We'll keep fighting tooth and nail to ban conversion therapy. The results prove we know how -- we did it in Miami, Miami Beach, Wilton Manors, and North Bay Village.
Mike Pence made his name as the Indiana governor who crusaded to legalize discrimination against popular revolt. With President Trump's ear, we shudder to think about his aims for LGBTQ Americans.
Give $50, $500 or whatever you can so your local LGBTQ advocate can fight to keep our future from slipping away under President Trump. >>
Mike Pence and the Trump administration have promised nothing less than an all-out assault on our rights. There has never been a more urgent time for you to show your support.
Thank you for standing with us.
We are all very disappointed today. Donald Trump will be our next president. We congratulate his campaign on its hard fought win, although of course we would have wished for a different result.
We thank Secretary Hillary Clinton for her valiant run for the presidency and for her decades of advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ Americans. Our country will be better because of it.
We congratulate SAVE-recommended candidates Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as SAVE Action PAC-recommended candidates Mayor Carlos Gimenez, State Senator-elect Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Rep.-elect Daisy Baez, State Senator Rene Garcia, State Rep. Holly Raschein, State Rep. David Richardson, North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps, Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick, and Wilton Manors Commissioners Tom Green and Julie Carson on their pro-equality wins last night! It was a huge win at the local level all-around! We also wish Robert Asencio good luck in his recount in HD 118, where he leads.
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.