WHENFebruary 26, 2015 at 6pmWHERETed's at YoungArts
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We're proud to announce that SAVE Action PAC endorses Florida's first elected openly gay state legislator, State Representative David Richardson, for Florida's 35th State Senate seat in 2016!
Representative Richardson exceeded all expectations after his historic election in 2012. He has served in Tallahassee admirably on behalf of not only the 113th House District but also the greater South Florida LGBT community.
As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Richardson fought to provide state funding to tackle the problem of homelessness among LGBT youth.
He also spearheaded changes that have added protections for LGBT children and teenagers in the state foster care system, and he was an outspoken supporter of pro-equality leaders during the 2014 election cycle.
In December, Richardson became the first openly LGBT individual to serve in a leadership position in the Florida legislature when the House Democratic Caucus selected him as Floor Leader. We couldn't be prouder to support his bid for the State Senate.
Today's announcement comes as part of SAVE Action PAC's strategy to support pro-equality leaders early and often to ensure victory come Election Day -- and we'll need YOUR help to win!
Thanks for your support!
Today, we learned that State Representative Frank Artiles of Miami-Dade County (pictured above) has filed a misguided bill that targets transgender Floridians by preventing access to facilities in public spaces.
House Bill 583 would also force businesses to discriminate against their own employees and customers, and invalidate nondiscrimination policies that already exist on the local level, like the one SAVE helped pass in Miami-Dade County last December.
The reality is that these protections for transgender people have been enacted in 17 states and over 200 municipalities, without any increase in public safety incidences. These laws have been implemented successfully to do what they are meant to do: to ensure dignity and respect for everyone.
The proposal is absurd and hurtful. It aims to undercut our recent advances towards full equality, and creates massive barriers to using the facilities that we know fit our bodies.
We welcome the opportunity to educate elected officials as we continue to work for full statewide equality. We will hold firm and continue our prejudice reduction work despite these attempts to halt our progress.
Join us on Saturday, February 21 as we continue to change hearts and minds to reduce transphobia in South Florida. RSVP here. >>
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