SAVE Dade Recognizes its Champions of Equality in May

Released at: April 26, 2013
Contact: Maria Barth
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State Representative David Richardson, Congressman Joe Garcia, Commission Chair Rebeca Sosa to be honored as SAVE Dade’s 2013 Champions of Equality

MIAMI, April 26, 2013—SAVE Dade and SAVE Foundation today announced their 2013 Champions of Equality to be honored May 20 at the eighth annual awards reception.

SAVE Dade established the Champions of Equality awards reception in 2005 to honor people who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Miami-Dade County.  The event's honorees this year include State Representative David Richardson, U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa.

Representative David Richardson made history after being elected Florida’s first openly gay state legislator in August 2012.  "I'm so proud to represent the LGBT community and the community at large,” he says. “I'm humbled by the honor SAVE has bestowed on me.”  Richardson has served Florida’s 113th house district admirably in Tallahassee since the start of the legislative session in January.

Richardson wasn’t the only winner during the 2012 election cycle.  Florida’s 26th congressional district elected Congressman Joe Garcia by a double-digit margin last November.  Garcia has been a leader in the Cuban-American community on LGBT issues and has been a steadfast advocate for gays and lesbians in the House of Representatives.

SAVE Dade is also proud to honor Commission Chair Rebeca Sosa, the current Chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission.  Elected in a 2001 special election to serve the county’s 6th District, the Commission appointed her last year to assume the position of Chair, a role that she has graciously fulfilled.  As commissioner, Sosa voted in May 2008 for the ordinance that created the Miami Dade domestic partner registry.  She has also expressed support for a transgender-inclusive amendment to the Miami-Dade County Human Rights Ordinance which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, among other protected classes.  SAVE Dade is proud to honor Chairwoman Sosa for her support of LGBT priorities.

This year’s Champions of Equality reception will be held May 10th at the Hilton Miami Downtown from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Tickets to the event, which will include a cocktail reception and ­­silent auction, are $100 in advance and $150 at the door.  Tickets are currently available for presale at www.savedade.org/champions.

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About SAVE Dade:

SAVE Dade’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in Miami-Dade County who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.  Established in 1993, SAVE Dade accomplishes this mission through education initiatives, outreach, grassroots organizing, and advocacy.  Starting with the landmark passage of Miami's Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to recent enactments of domestic partner benefit policies, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBT equality in Miami-Dade County through grassroots action focused on civil rights, parental rights, and relationship recognition through political advocacy, community outreach, candidate endorsements.

305-751-SAVE (7283)  |  1-800-396-8709 f  |  www.savedade.org  |  savedade@savedade.org

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