MIAMI, FL, August 31, 2018 — SAVE, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, will honor young professionals paving the road toward equality at the 2018 Luminary Awards on Thursday, September 13th, 6pm-9pm at the newly renovated Bacardi Headquarters in Coral Gables.
The Luminaries, presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, welcomes over two hundred attendees each year and proudly recognizes the contributions of those young professionals who have made outstanding strides towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) equality. This year, honorees include Charo Valero of National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health, Jamie Guirola of NBC6, and John Byrne of Prevention 305.
SAVE Action PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsements in the upcoming elections.
These candidates are tried and true and have pledged their commitment to serve the LGBTQ community. This year our panelists have selected an excellent group of legislators and judicial candidates, some of which have worked closely with us and have truly been champions for equality during their term in office. We look forward to working with these individuals to advance equality in South Florida.
Please join SAVE Action PAC in supporting the following candidates in the upcoming elections:
SAVE Action PAC is proud to re-endorse each of these candidates. We are delighted to call these individuals champions for equality and grateful for their commitment to serving South Florida's LGBTQ community.
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that SAVE, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, welcomes three new additions to the organization's Board of Directors: Helena Castro, James Moon, and Jonathan Freidin.
Helena Castro has been an educator for over 20 years in the Miami Dade County Public Schools as a social studies teacher and for the past 10 years as a Student Activities Director.
As an educator, she has worked with a diverse population of students and faculty, representative of our rich community, and thus has witnessed the growth in advocacy and representation of our LBGTQ peers. Helena grew up in Hialeah, Florida where she became immersed in local politics and grassroots campaigning. After marriage equality came to Florida in 2015, Helena married her partner of 8 years, Yvette.
James Moon is a partner with the law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. In addition to joining SAVE, James is an officer and board member of A Wider Bridge, whose mission it is to advocate equality for the LGBTQ community within Israel and equality for Israel on the world stage. James also served on the board of the Outshine Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and is the chair of the Inclusion Mentoring and Fellowship Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, which is tasked with diversity outreach to and for the Florida legal community.
James is also a progressive and LGBTQ outreach leader within AIPAC. He is past-president of the Cooper City High School Band Parent’s Organization, and a former Secretary of the Davie, Florida Rotary Club. Finally, James is a Gulf War veteran, having served for approximately 10 years in the United States Navy aboard both ballistic missile and fast attack submarines as a communications and cryptographic specialist.
Jonathan Freidin is an attorney at Freidin Brown, P.A. practicing personal injury and civil trial litigation. Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University where he was a Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient and was appointed as a Student Justice on the university's disciplinary court. After college, Jonathan earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2012. During law school, Jonathan was an editor on the Florida Law Review and represented indigent clients in court as a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender's Office.
Following law school, Jonathan returned to South Florida where he served for two years as a federal law clerk to Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in the Southern District of Florida. In 2016, Jonathan earned the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was nominated by his peers to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida” list. More recently, Jonathan was named a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers and a Legal Elite "Up and Comer" by Florida Trend Magazine.
"We're incredibly excited to welcome Helena, James and Jonathan to SAVE's Board of Directors. As we celebrate 25 years of SAVE's service in the community, it is important that we continue to cultivate a dynamic group of individuals who will help us further equality for years to come." says, Tony Lima, Executive Director of SAVE.
Eileen is a business owner and community advocate in Miami who works closely with local organizations to address the many issues facing our community such as the skyrocketing costs of housing, more reliable transit options, and sea level rise.
Eileen duly impressed SAVE Action PAC's Endorsement Panel's earlier this week during her interview. Eileen has been an ally of the LGBTQ community since she was a child, and will be a clear, strong voice for equality on the dais. Eileen's passionate and well thought out solutions for improving wages by attracting and keeping better-paying jobs in Miami-Dade convinced the panel that she is clearly the best choice for the Commission. As a small business owner herself, Eileen has the know-how and the drive to improve our budding entrepreneur movement here in South Florida.
SAVE Action PAC, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community proudly endorses Jordan Leonard for Bay Harbor Islands Council on April 10th, 2018 and Javier Fernandez for House District 114 on May 1st, 2018.
Great things happen when we all come together. On Tuesday the community team effort that included SAVE, Equality Florida, SunServe - Social Services for South Florida's LGBT Community and various faith leaders from across the County resulted in the Broward County commissioners unanimously voting in favor to pass a countywide ban on conversion therapy. The bill will ensure this so called "therapy" is kept from hurting any more #LGBTQ youth in Broward County.>
Special thanks to Bill Sponsor, Commissioner Nan Rich and Community Leader, Michael Emanuel Rajner for being at the helm of this initiative and to Wilton Manors Vice Mayor, Justin Flippen for supporting our mission from the start.