Last Thursday, SAVE Foundation was proud to christen its new ‘Equality Network’ initiative to build a coalition of businesses in support of workplace equality in Florida. The LGBTQ group inaugurated the network at an event at FIU’s Frost Art Museum on Thursday featuring U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo and CEO Mike Valdes-Fauli of the marketing firm Pinta, among other noted attendees.
Emphasizing inclusion as a key business value, Rep. Curbelo, who represents suburban Miami-Dade County and recently joined the U.S. House LGBT Equality Caucus, spoke of the need not just for policy change, but for broader cultural change in order to create a more competitive business and labor environment in Florida.
“Sometimes we’re tempted to change a rule or check a box and say we’ve achieved diversity,” he told the gathering of business owners and local leaders. “But businesses that truly value inclusion -- they think a variety of points of view are a good thing, and they’re primed to compete in the economy of the future.”
The event, a SAVE Foundation initiative in partnership with the Miami Young Republicans, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, inaugurated the organization’s new Equality Network of businesses in support of workplace equality and a more competitive economy for Florida.
“Businesses need to know that we can make Florida’s workforce more competitive for the future by striving for an equal workplace,” SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima told attendees, “and I’m proud that after today we will already count more than 30 members in the Equality Network.”
Mike Valdes-Fauli, CEO of the cross-cultural marketing firm Pinta, echoed that sentiment as a featured speaker alongside Curbelo. "I can tell you through my firsthand experience at Pinta and in the business world that equality as a business value is not only the right thing to do, but it's also great for your bottom line," he told attendees, "and so I urge all businesses that aim to compete in today's global and diverse economy to join important initiatives like SAVE's Equality Network."
SAVE Foundation invites all local businesses owners of South Florida to join the Equality Network. Those interested in joining are urged to email SAVE's Equality Network at email@example.com.
It's our displeasure to break the news that the Florida State House Civil Justice Subcommittee took the first step today in passing what some legislators are calling the "Pastor Protection" act.
SAVE wants to set the record straight -- this so-called "Pastor Protection" proposal under consideration serves to distract the public and bring out unfounded fears that churches might be sued for choosing not to marry same-sex couples.
Let's be absolutely clear: pastors and clergy have always had the right to decide who their houses of worship will and won’t marry.Read more
Looking to build on the recent momentum for LGBTQ equality over the past year, SAVE Action PAC announced today its endorsements in the November 3 elections for Miami Beach Mayor and Commission:
- Philip Levine for re-election as Mayor of Miami Beach
Among Mayor Levine's accomplishments for the LGBTQ community include working closely with SAVE in 2014 to pass an ordinance ensuring provision of insurance benefits for transgender employees of the City. He also worked during the summer of 2015 to pass a City of Miami Beach resolution urging the Florida legislature to pass the Competitive Workforce Act introduced in the State House.
The City’s has enjoyed a record-breaking performance on HRC’s municipal equality index under his watch, which has generated national headlines. For all of these reasons, SAVE Action PAC is proud to endorse his re-election bid.
- Scott Diffenderfer for Miami Beach Commission Group 4
Scott is a longtime resident of Miami Beach, and currently serves as the president of the Belle Isle Residents Association, where he works directly with city and county officials to solve real problems. He is openly gay and an active member of South Florida's LGBTQ community, with an extensive history of volunteerism on behalf of this and other causes.
Scott is a graduate of the Miami Beach Leadership Academy, served on the 2013 Charter Review Committee and served on an Evaluation Committee for Traffic Engineering Consulting Services in 2014. He was an original member of the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Council which established the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. We are proud to endorse his run for the Miami Beach Commission.
- Ricky Arriola for Miami Beach Commission Group 5
Ricky Arriola is the Founder and CEO of Inktel Holdings Corp, a company headquartered in Miami and with offices throughout the United States. Ricky has taken an active role both locally and nationally in the areas of arts and culture; education and youth empowerment; business mentorship; and entrepreneurship.
Ricky was the Chairman of the Board of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). On issues of LGBTQ equality, he has promised to engage SAVE's new Hispanic Business Coalition initiative to promote equality as a business value in South Florida. He has also pledge to encourage other municipalities to support nondiscrimination and tax equity reimbursement resolutions. We are proud to endorse him for the Miami Beach Commission.
- John Elizabeth Aleman for Miami Beach Commission Group 6
John is a business professional and an active member of our community. Her corporate career was in information technology and she currently provides strategic technology consulting to her former employer, Ryder System, Inc., a Miami-based Fortune 500 company. John has been active in her children’s schools, including serving as President of the North Beach Elementary PTA, and is a strong supporter of public education. Her vision includes connecting to local PTA's to initiate parent-community dialogue surrounding issues for LGBT families. She has also pledged to donate her leftover campaign funds to LGBT youth homelessness initiatives.
John emphasized in her interview with our panelists that she envisions leveraging her experience in business, education and parenting on issues of harrassment and bullying of LGBTQ youth and adults. She mentioned strengthening access to healthcare for transgender city employees. Her nuanced and knowledgeable answers to questions on LGBTQ issues both on paper and in-person duly impressed our panelists. We are proud to endorse John for the Miami Beach Commission.
Please join SAVE Action PAC and #TeamEquality in supporting Mayor Levine in his re-election bid, as well as Scott, Ricky, and John Elizabeth in their bids for the City Commission! Your contribution of $50, $100, or $250 will go straight towards our grassroots effort to help elect these candidates. Click here to donate on behalf of SAVE Action PAC's #TeamEquality now. >>
"Each of these candidates was hand-picked by a panel of community members and allies and has a proven record in support of equality for all," said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. "Support for LGBTQ equality is a winning position, and I'm confident that by standing together with these great leaders we can score another victory for Miami Beach on November 3rd."
SAVE Action PAC is so proud to throw the LGBTQ community's support behind these great pro-equality candidates, but we'll need your help to make their pro-equality case to the voters of Miami Beach.
Your luck runs out on a NEW day this year, FRIDAY, October 30, for SAVE's 21st Halloween Ball, presented by Magic City Casino.
Join several hundred of the scariest and sexiest ghouls in South Florida for a night of free flowing cocktails, mesmerizing dance beats, sickening costumes, amazing performances and a killer Costume Contest (with over $1000 in cash and prizes) at the best Halloween party you'll ever attend.
And it all benefits SAVE's endeavors to promote, protect and defend equality for LGBTQ Floridians.
For such a worthy cause, who would be unlucky enough to miss out? Don't let your luck run out -- join us Friday, October 30 at Magic City Casino!
My name is Elizabeth Regalado. Most people know me as Liz. I'm so proud to introduce myself to you today as the new Chair of SAVE's Board of Directors. You can read more about my background here. >
It's with great humility that I accept the call to service as the first woman to chair SAVE's Board of Directors. In my years on SAVE's board, I've never been so excited about the work ahead on behalf of South Florida's LGBTQ community -- and that work starts NOW.
As an eleven-year veteran of SAVE's leadership, I know firsthand there's lots of work to do to in order to achieve full equality in the workplace and beyond not just for LGBTQ Floridians, but also for women, minorities, and the disadvantaged which count among their ranks a disproportionate number of LGBTQ people in need of help. I am excited for the opportunity to make a difference.
I know that with supporters like you, we will achieve our goals. The task for all of us is to make sure our leaders and policymakers hear our voices loud and clear in support of equality for LGBTQ South Floridians -- and you can make sure yours is heard by joining me at the County Commission on Tuesday. RSVP here. >>
I'm very much looking forward to serving you and the entire local LGBTQ community as the Chair of SAVE's Board of Directors. Thank you so much for your support.
Chair of the Board of Directors of SAVE
This past Thursday evening, with the help of dedicated supporters like you, we welcomed over 200 guests to the Bacardi headquarters building to join SAVE in honoring four extraordinary young professionals lighting the way to LGBTQ equality in South Florida.
We were so proud to honor Father Grey Maggiano, Jessica Fernandez, AJ Blechner and Nadege Green as SAVE's 2015 Luminary Award winners...
...and we were so proud to celebrate the most successful Luminary Awards reception yet -- only made possible by support from people like you and amazing pro-equality businesses and organizations, like our presenting sponsor AIDS Healthcare Foundation:
Special thanks to Bacardí for donating the beautiful space, delicious food, and top-shelf cocktails that helped make the event such a great time.
It was a beautiful celebration of all the things that make our community strong, as well as those members of the next generation working to make our community even stronger.
From the entire staff here at SAVE, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
Tony, Aurelio, Justin, Charo, Devin, Alex and Emily -- the SAVE Staff
Last night was a huge success, but the fight for LGBTQ equality isn't over, and the fun never stops...
SAVE THE DATE!
SAVE's 21st Annual Halloween Ball tries its luck on a NEW DAY this year -- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 -- at Magic City Casino. Stay tuned! Ticket sales and giveaways coming soon!
Stay tuned -- ticket sales open soon! We hope to see you October 30th!
My name is Victor Diaz-Herman. You might recognize me as the Executive Director of Pridelines, a nonprofit community center historically serving local LGBTQ youth which recently broadened its focus to serve adults as well.
You might also recognize me as an honoree from SAVE's inaugural 2013 Luminary Awards reception. I was so proud to be recognized two years ago by SAVE for the progress that Pridelines, under my leadership, has helped foster for the local LGBTQ community.
Yet, with many anti-LGBTQ proposals in the Florida legislature, now is the time to push for that progress harder than ever -- and it's critical for SAVE to have our support in order to do so.
I'm joining SAVE again this year as a supporter at the 2015 Luminary Awards TOMORROW NIGHT at the Coral Gables Bacardí HQ. Will you join me? Buy your tickets here. >>
Only with your help can we continue to support the next generation of LGBTQ and allied freedom fighters like SAVE supported me two years ago. Please join me tomorrow evening. Buy your tickets HERE. >>
Thanks for your support. I hope to see you tomorrow night!
My name is Pamela Sweeney. It's hard to describe how amazing it felt to stand before our community last year as one of SAVE's 2014 Luminaries of Equality.
I was so proud to help make the 2014 Luminary Awards SAVE's most successful ever. Yet, with many anti-LGBTQ proposals in the Florida legislature, now is the time to fight harder than ever -- and SAVE needs our CONTINUING support to do so.
I'm joining SAVE again this year as a supporter at the 2015 Luminary Awards THIS THURSDAY at the Coral Gables Bacardí HQ. Will you join me? Buy your tickets here. >>
Only with YOUR support can we continue to sustain the next generation of LGBTQ and allied freedom fighters. Please join me this Thursday. Click HERE to buy your tickets. >>
2014 SAVE Luminary of Equality Honoree