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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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LGBTQ and ally candidates talk Florida’s Aug. 28 vote

By : Samuel Johnson
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The midterm election primaries are right around the corner on Aug. 28. The LGBTQ community numbers nearly 900,000 Floridians, comprising 4.1 percent of the adult population of Florida. Of that adult LGBTQ population, more than a quarter of them are raising children. Based on these numbers, the LBGTQ vote can impact elections, especially in the primaries.

In Florida there are candidates throughout the state who are advocates for the LGBTQ community. They are vowing to protect and promote equality for LGBTQ—and all—Floridians. The midterm primaries in Florida are boasting at least eight openly gay candidates, plus a slew of advocates and allies who are running.

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South Florida LGBTQ groups receive Miami Dolphins Grant

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MIAMI | Two Miami-based LGBTQ organizations were among 11 recipients of the 2018 Football Unites Grant.

The grant was created in Nov. 2017 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Dolphins players, a team press release states. The grant aims to strengthen and expand the impact of groups in South Florida that focus on community engagement, education and justice reform.

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ACLU hopes to raise workforce protection awareness in Tampa with “Dignity and Work” campaign

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Dignidad y Trabajo (“Dignity and Work”), a campaign to raise awareness about the need for providing equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the workplace in Florida’s Hispanic community, publicly expanded across Central Florida.

The campaign, which launched March of 2014 in Miami, held its first Central Florida forum hosted by Ana G. Mendez University in Tampa as well as co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Sept. 9 and 10.

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