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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
This is a huge election year and we want to make sure you have everything you need to be election ready. That's why we've created our 2020 Election Center that has everything you need from checking your voter registration status to signing up to vote by mail to SAVE Action PAC's 2020 Pro-Equality Endorsements. And all of it is one quick website away: www.wevote2020.miami.
Tomorrow, July 20th is the last day to register to vote for the August 18th Primary. Make sure you are election ready. Register to vote and sign up for a vote by mail ballot today at www.wevote2020.miami.
Important Dates for the August 18th Primary:
Voter Registration Deadline - July 20th
Vote by Mail Request Deadline - August 8th
Early Voting - August 3rd - August 16th
Election Day - August 18th
We are excited to announce we have hired Edward Martí Kring as our Community and Field Organizer to further SAVE’s 2020 strategic focus of community engagement and get-out-the-vote. By focusing on efforts to get-out-the-vote, SAVE returns to its core competency on which it has built its reputation and political power through grassroots organizing. This year presents a unique challenge and opportunity with the onset of the coronavirus and the need for social distancing.
This year SAVE will combine the use of social media and traditional approaches in deep canvassing to do its work in getting out the vote. We are looking at innovative mixed-methods in engaging volunteers to connect with voters through safe in-person canvassing, phone banking, and social media. But we can’t do it without your help! Become a SAVE Member today.
We have an urgent invitation for our community, please answer the call to courage before us by joining SAVE in doing the work it takes (safely from home) to elect pro-equality candidates to local and state offices - human rights and our democracy needs us! You can sign up to volunteer here.
Yours in service,
Executive Director, SAVE
About Edward “Eddie” Martí Kring is an FSU Alumnus, lifelong community organizer and human rights advocate. Eddie and his mother escaped the Castro regime when he was six and relocated to Hialeah, FL. At the age of 16, after coming out to his family he survived an episode of homelessness before being adopted by a caring family in Naples, FL who offered him a loving and safe place to call home. Eddie brings to SAVE extensive community organizing experience which began in his early days of student activism in high school and college. His organizing experience also includes statewide coalition building on LGBTQ Equality as well as working to end homelessness in Florida’s Capital City. He enjoys rollerblading, cycling and loves spending time with his two Yorkies, Arjay and Shiloh (who are 13 years young).
In case you missed last week's Miami-Dade State Attorney State Forums with Melba Pearson and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, they are up on YouTube! This is a huge election year and we want to make sure you are informed. You can view Melba Pearson's forum here, and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's forum here.