We are proud to announce five 2020 Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarship winners, who were each awarded $5,500 in scholarships. These LGBTQ and allied students in South Florida strive to lead in a field of Social Justice. After receiving a number of extremely impressive applications, five scholarship recipients have been. Each recipient has a proven record of leadership and contributions to the LGBTQ community and has demonstrated a commitment to a field of Social Justice in their professional futures. Meet the winners below.
We appreciate Freidin Brown P.A. for underwriting $25,000 of the scholarship. Additionally, we thank Larry Hyer who provided additional funding to increase the scholarship award for each student.
Brittney R. Davis is a native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and is a doctoral candidate in the Community Well-Being program at the University of Miami. She is a former high school educator and higher education professional with research interests surrounding educational equity, namely utilizing her agenda to uplift the voices and schooling experiences of minoritized students. She is involved in and indebted to her "Q-mmunity" within and outside of the University of Miami for its continued support, and she works to pay it forward in her efforts to cultivate and engage within spaces for Queer-identified Black folx at the university and in South Florida.
Nathaly M. Gonzalez is a Colombian-Turkish student at the University of Miami studying Psychology and French with minors in Chemistry and Biology as a Plus One Scholar. This is her third year and currently, she is the President of SpectrUM, the longest-running and largest LGBTQ organization at UM; and serves as a member of the Undergraduate Honor Council. Her favorite activities include roller skating and baking.
In her time at the university, she has won the Audley Webster Memorial Essay Contest, presented her research at RCIF, and helped to organize several events pertaining to service and the LGBTQ community. She believes that it is through community and dialogue that we are able to grow together towards making the world a better place and being the change, we wish to see.
Jordan Gary is a second-year student at Miami Law. She is from Southern California and completed her undergraduate education at USC. She currently serves as the LGBT Bar Liaison for UM’s OUTLaw chapter and Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. Jordan is interested in the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation, and how law and policy can shape societal and cultural attitudes towards those varying identities.
Jack Lee Jordan
Jack Jordan (they/them) is a disabled, queer, non-binary, Black Puerto Rican born and raised in Miami, Florida. They are currently working toward completing their Undergrad in Social Work with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Jack has been involved in South Florida activism for over ten years since they were in their early teens. Jack’s focus is on queer/ trans liberation, healthy relationships, inclusive and accessible spaces, risk-aware safer sex, and youth empowerment. They hope to bring this lived experience into their career by bringing a sex-positive, queer, afro-centric lens of care to better serve and help marginalized communities that often fall through the cracks of intentional care.
Jake Balducci is a first-year law student at Florida State University. Born and raised in South Florida, Jake is a multi-instrumentalist who graduated magna cum laude from the FSU College of Music. A queer man himself, he aspires to fight injustice in the field of entertainment as a lawyer. He has been involved in student government and numerous student organizations. He currently holds leadership positions in his school’s chapters of the Business Law Society and Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law.
Led by Commissioner Ken Russell, the City of Miami just passed a resolution to file an amicus brief in the Otto vs The City of Boca Raton case. This is fantastic news as we prepare to appeal the harmful ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down our local conversion therapy bans in November.
The resolution would authorize the City of Miami to file an amicus curiae brief on the case if the defendant municipalities seek a rehearing as well as any subsequent proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States. Over the past week, as we prepared for this resolution, we’ve been recruiting additional cities from around the county to prepare to join the City of Miami’s brief.
While the city of Boca Raton is still determining how to proceed, it has a few options including asking for a rehearing before the full circuit, going to trial, and depending on the decisions the case could eventually end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Regardless of the route, this case takes, one thing is for sure – our work is not done. Pitch in today and become a SAVE Member to help us to continue to fight for equality in 2021. Become a Member today.
On Election Night there is nowhere else better to be than with your LGBTQ community. Join us at R House on Tuesday, November 3rd for our Election Night Watch Party and Drag Show featuring Fantasia Royale Gaga, TP Lords, Karla Croqueta, and Athena Dion. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the party will go until 9:00 pm.
This event is rain or shine. Refunds will only be given if Miami-Dade County or the City of Miami issues additional restrictions or curfews that prevent the event from taking place. For your safety and the safety of others, masks wll be required to enter and can be removed once you are seated. Furthermore, to ensure that social distancing is maintained all tickets are sold as tables.
General Admission tickets include three appetizers: Empanadas (short rib Picadillo), Croquetas (smokey ham), and Tuna Crudo Bites (sweet chili, jalapeno crema).
- Table for 2 @ $130
- Table for 4 @ $260
- Table for 6 @ $390
- Table for 8 @ $520
VIP tickets include one main dish per person, two appetizers, and special seating. For the main dish, guest will have the choice between Carne Asada (red tomatillo sauce, chimichurri, molho a campanha, maduros, moros y cristianos) or Veggie Paella Bowl (saffron bomba rice, cauliflower, brussels, butternut squash, wild mushrooms). The appetizers will be Croquetas (smokey ham), and Tuna Crudo Bites (sweet chili, jalapeno crema).
- Table for 2 @ $230
- Table for 3 @ $345
- Table for 4 @ $460
Cash bar for all ticket levels.
If you have not voted yet, please make sure you cast your pro-equality ballot. Early voting is happening every day from now through November 1st from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can find your nearest polling location and look up all the pro-equality candidates on your ballot at our Election Center at www.WeVote2020.miami
Join us for our virtual gala on August 28 at 7PM, as we celebrate the 2020 Champions of Equality with an inspiring program. This annual event brings together hundreds of political, civic, and community leaders from throughout South Florida who stand for fairness and equality for LGBTQ people. Through the use of a virtual platform, this year we look to engage with an even greater audience of individuals who share our passion and values.
*Registration is free.
Please consider registering with a donation to support the work of SAVE.
SAVE established the Champions of Equality awards in 2005 to honor those who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the LGBTQ community in South Florida.
2020 Champions of Equality Honorees:
State Representative Nicholas X. Duran
State Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Commissioner Dennis C. Moss
Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez
Hall of Champions
Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis
Dr. Besiki Luka Kutateladze
Dr. Steven A. Safren
Dr. Mario Stevenson
Dr. José Szapocznik
Robin L. Bodiford