From SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima:
SAVE established the Champions of Equality awards reception in 2005 to honor people who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in South Florida. The event's honorees this year include State Representative David Richardson, County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, and local filmmaker Joe Cardona.
Representative Richardson made history after winning election as Florida’s first openly gay state legislator in August 2012. Earlier this year, in its first major move of the 2014 election cycle, SAVE Action PAC endorsed Richardson’s bid for re-election as the representative of the 113th State House District.
Commissioner Edmonson won the admiration of the LGBT community and human rights advocates for her sponsorship last summer of a proposal to update Miami-Dade County’s Human Rights Ordinance to protect everyone from discrimination, including members of the transgender community.
Joe Cardona will be honored for his production of the acclaimed documentary The Day it Snowed in Miami chronicling the birth of SAVE and the local LGBT activist movement. The debut of the film sold out two showings at Lincoln Road’s Colony Theater, helping to educate countless members of older and younger generations alike about the roots of South Florida’s movement for equal rights.
In addition to the three Champions of Equality honorees, SAVE will induct into its Hall ofChampions the eight couples represented by SAVE and the ACLU of Florida in Grimsley et al. v. Scott, the recently filed case aiming to achieve recognition from the State of Florida for legal same-sex marriages performed in states with marriage equality. For more information on this case, visit http://savedade.org/marriage.
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