Human Rights Campaign and SAVE Endorse Donna Shalala for U.S. Congress (FL-27)

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2018 — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and SAVE, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, announced their endorsements of Donna Shalala (D) in her bid to represent the people of Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Shalala is running to replace outgoing champion of equality Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), who is retiring from office at the end of her term.

“Donna Shalala is a proven leader who will stand up to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and help pull the emergency brake on their reckless agenda,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “With the experience and commitment needed to move LGBTQ equality forward, Donna will reject the politics of discrimination and fight for all of the hard-working families in her district, across the state of Florida, and throughout the country. HRC is proud to endorse Donna Shalala for U.S. Congress.”

In his fourth season with the Miami Dolphins, Kenny Stills has consistently utilized his position as a professional athlete to make an impact on and off the field. Stills has been a pioneer among athletes in addressing societal issues. The team captain has participated in every player driven community event for the last two seasons and helped organize a town hall meeting in 2016 that brought influential local leaders together with law enforcement to discuss actionable steps to address issues of racial inequality. Stills has won SAVE's admiration and respect for being one of the most visible Dolphins in the community and a strong advocate to protest against racial inequality and systemic oppression.

“Retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is leaving behind a long legacy of championing LGBTQ equality, and we are proud to be supporting Donna Shalala to continue that legacy,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “It is beyond doubt that Donna is the most qualified candidate in this race. She is ready to be our next champion in D.C. on day one.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign and SAVE, two organizations that have fought so hard for equality in Miami-Dade and around the country,” said Donna Shalala. “Though we’ve come so far in achieving basic equal rights for LGBTQ Americans, there is still much work to be done, and I look forward to getting to Congress to continue fighting.”

Donna E. Shalala has spent her entire career fighting to improve the lives of others. The former president of the University of Miami, she has advocated tirelessly for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools and a clean, sustainable environment. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. In Congress, Shalala has pledged to support the Equality Act — critically important federal legislation that would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws.

In Florida, HRC has identified nearly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and more than 3.2 million “Equality Voters” — meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign to mobilize these voters for the midterm elections called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history.

Monday, SAVE, Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida to Join Andrew Gillum at LGBTQ Support Rally for Important Campaign Announcement

MIAMI, FL, September 20, 2018 — With less than 50 days until the critical 2018 midterm elections, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, SAVE — South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, and Equality Florida — the largest civil rights organization working to secure full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, will join Mayor Andrew Gillum and other key leaders and allies on Monday to make an important campaign announcement about LGBTQ support for Andrew Gillum’s historic bid to become governor.

WHAT: LGBTQ Rally & Special Campaign Announcement
DATE: Monday, September 24, 2018
WHEN: 3:00 PM - Speaking Agenda Begins
WHERE: SAVE Headquarters 1951 NW 7 Ave Miami, FL 33136
WHO: Andrew Gillum, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Florida
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign
Tony Lima, Executive Director of SAVE
Nadine Smith, President and CEO of Equality Florida

Throughout his public service career, Mayor Andrew Gillum has proven to be a staunch advocate for Florida’s LGBTQ community. Before same-sex marriage was the law of the land, Gillum fought to expand domestic partner benefits for city employees. As Mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum strongly opposed counties that sought to undermine marriage equality by extending invitations to Florida same-sex couples to marry in the state capital. As governor, Gillum will continue to be a leader in the fight to advance full equality and protections for LGBTQ Floridians in the sunshine state.

In the general election, Gillum will be facing anti-LGBTQ extremist Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has eagerly embraced the rhetorical and policy attacks on LGBTQ Americans from the Trump-Pence administration and has consistently scored abysmally on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard -- which measures members’ of Congress support for LGBTQ equality and policies.

About SAVE
SAVE is recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination. Since 1993, SAVE has advocated for equal rights through political advocacy, community outreach, and education. Starting with the landmark passage of Miami's Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to the work spearheaded by SAVE and the ACLU which resulted in marriage equality in Florida in 2015, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBTQ equality. SAVE’s vision is to ensure that people in Florida who are LGBTQ have full equality in all facets of life.

About Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

SAVE proudly recommends Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Bill Nelson has been a long time Champion of Equality since first being elected in 2000. His strong pro-LGBT voting record includes voting to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and signing on as a sponsor to the Equality Act. He believes that "the civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all. Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me."

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz also has a proven pro-equality track record since she was first elected in 2004. She has supported bills such as ENDA and the Equality Act, co-sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act, and fought a Republican-controlled Congress from banning gay marriage. She has stated, "I am proud to stand with the LGBT community in the fight to make the United States a more just and equal nation, and to defend LGBT rights wherever and whenever they are threatened around the globe."

Election day is November 6th.

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SAVE Honors Young Professionals Paving the Road Toward Equality at 2018 Luminary Awards Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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.

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SAVE Action PAC Endorses Candidates in 2018 Elections

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.




SAVE Action PAC Re-Endorses Candidates

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.


SAVE Welcomes Three New Board Members: Helena Castro, James Moon and Jonathan Freidin

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.jpgJonathan 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.

SAVE Action PAC Supports Eileen Higgins. Election Day is May 22nd for County Commission District 5

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.


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