SAVE begins next chapter with new executive executive director

By : Denise Royal of South Florida Gay News
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ABOVE: Orlando Gonzales (R) posing with other stars at SAVE’s Luminaries. Photo by J.R. Davis.

MIAMI | Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) has a new executive director. The Miami-based LGBT organization is welcoming Orlando Gonzales as its new leader. Gonzales is no stranger to the organization; he previously served as board chairman for the SAVE Foundation.

Gonzales is only one week into his new role and has identified three main priorities. The first is working on the state’s anti-discrimination policy.

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Sen. Rick Scott blocked millions of dollars for HIV prevention when he was governor of Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Then-Gov. Rick Scott speaking at CPACFL in Orlando in 2011. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, from Flickr)

Republican Sen. Rick Scott and his administration rejected $70 million in federal funds to address HIV in Florida while Scott was the state’s governor, according to an investigative report released by The Guardian on Sept. 11.

The Guardian states that between 2015-2017, Florida returned $54 million in grants to the federal government intended for combating HIV. This was “due to an apparently deliberate failure on the part of state health bosses to secure legislative permission to spend such desperately needed funds.”

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SAVE seeks executive director

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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MIAMI | Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE), which exists to promote, protect and defend equality in Miami-Dade County for the LGBTQ community, is seeking its next executive director.

Established in 1993, SAVE says it “strives to accomplish this mission through community education, grassroots organizing, mobilization and advocacy.” The organization has fought for marriage equality, the banning of conversion therapy and Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance.

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‘Golden Girls’ appears to get better with pop culture age

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ABOVE: Stars of the 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls” (L-R) Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. (Photo courtesy NBC.com)

Alexandra Wilkinson was only 2 months old when “The Golden Girls” ended its television run in 1992.

But she became a fan last year while taking a course called “Women and Aging: Lessons from the Golden Girls” at California State University, Long Beach. Now she streams episodes on Hulu. She owns a “Golden Girls” T-shirt. And when she graduated recently with a master’s degree in gerontology, she decorated her cap with a picture of “Golden Girl” Sophia along with the sardonic Sicilian’s trademark phrase, “Picture it.”

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South Florida LGBTQ group SAVE terminates executive director

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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MIAMI | South Florida LGBTQ advocacy organization SAVE has fired former executive director Tony Lima after four men charged with hate crimes in an anti-LGBTQ attack attended the group’s gala June 14.

The decision follows the publication of “SAVE Gala Stunner: Accused Gay Bashers Celebrated,” an article by South Florida Gay News (SFGN). “On a night when SAVE celebrated their annual Champions of Equality,” they wrote, “the organization’s executive director also recognized four individuals who aren’t known for LGBT rights or justice.”

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Cuba blocks DC LGBT reporter from entering country

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cuban authorities on May 8 refused to allow Washington Blade International News Editor Michael K. Lavers to enter the country.

Lavers arrived at Havana’s José Marti International Airport on an American Airlines flight from Miami shortly before noon EST.

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Juneau drag queen one of eight competing in national pageant

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) | Gigi Monroe is going to Hollywood.

The Juneau drag queen will be one of eight competing in a new Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition debuting during RuPaul’s DragCon 2019 in Los Angeles.

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‘Golden Girls-‘themed cruise to set sail from Miami in 2020

By : Lauren Lee
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Gather your three best friends and pack enough cheesecake for everyone because “The Golden Girls” are hitting the high seas.

Fans of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia can take a nostalgic trip back to the 80’s sitcom with a five-night cruise departing from, where else, Miami.

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The SMART Ride raises largest one-year total in 15 years for HIV/AIDS research

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The SMART Ride, the only HIV/AIDS bicycle ride in the country of its size to donate 100 percent of funds raised to HIV/AIDS research, revealed Nov. 17 that it had raised a record $1,171,849 in its 15th year – the largest one-year total in the not for profit’s history.

Hundreds of riders from Jacksonville, Key West, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay and across the nation completed the two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West Nov. 16-17. Each rider was tasked with raising at least $1,250.

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South Florida gay man claims Lyft driver pulled gun, shouted homophobic slurs

By : Jaime Donelson
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MIAMI | A South Florida gay man is claiming his Lyft driver pulled a gun on him and shouted homophobic slurs while he was on the way to a friend’s office in downtown Miami Nov. 15, according to NBC 6.

After placing two large boxes in the back seat of the Lyft driver’s car, Andres Berreondo says he sat in the passenger seat next to the driver.

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LGBTQ groups gather in South Florida to announce Gillum for Governor endorsements

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MIAMI | Three LGBTQ organizations—one local, one statewide and one national—gathered at the CIC in Miami Sept. 24 to jointly announce their support for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his bid to become Florida’s next governor.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) joined with Equality Florida, the state’s largest civil rights organization, and SAVE, a South Florida LGBTQ advocacy group, to commit working together to secure full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community, according to an HRC press release.

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Co-editor Roy G. Guzman talks about the release of ‘Pulse/Pulso,’ an anthology of poems honoring the Pulse victims

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Co-edited by queer writers Roy G. Guzman and Miguel M. Morales, the breathtaking poetry anthology “Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando” (2018, Damaged Goods Press), is a literary tribute to the 49 lives lost and 53 wounded at Pulse nightclub in June 2016.

Containing the work of 18 poets; including Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Chen Chen, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Monica Palacios, James A.H. White and Tessara Dudley; “Pulse/Pulso” is a powerful, poetic memorial to lives lost and forever changed on that fateful night.

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