In its ninth year, SAVE is honoring equality advocates who made a difference in the community in 2014 with its annual event, Champions of Equality.
The fête takes place on May 8 at Briza on the Bay, a gorgeous waterfront property, with music by DJ Maximus 3000 and plenty of dancing and drinks to boot.
This year, SAVE (formerly SAVE Dade) is honoring Arianna Lint, transgender services director at SunServe, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, transgender advocate, and Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, president at Florida International University.
“I’m proud Translatin@,” Lint told SFGN in an email. “It is very rewarding to be transgender and having the opportunity to give back to my community. This is the moment for the transgender movement.”
Rosenberg has participated in the Miami Beach Pride Parade for two years now and his school made headlines when it created gender-neutral bathrooms in six locations around campus. Also, the university has LGBTQA mentoring programs, a full-time LGBTQA initiatives staffer, and offers a queer studies certificate.
A special presentation will also be made by Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Heng-Lehtinen is the donor services coordinator at GLAAD and transgender son of the congresswoman, a Republican leader who has been outspoken in her support of the LGBT community.
“We know Rigo as our child, whether it’s Amanda or now as Rodrigo, he’s our son, we’re proud of him,” Ros-Lehtinen said in an interview with CBS Miami.
During the party, hot prizes are also on the docket, with raffle ticket purchasers in the running to win a weekend rental of the TESLA Model S, a getaway to Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and a night of food and drink at Señor Frog’s new location in South Beach.
IF YOU GO:
What: Champions of Equality
When: May 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Briza on the Bay, 1717 N. Bayshore Drive in Miami
How Much: $150 online, $175 at the door
More Information: Visit ChampionsofEquality.com for more information and to purchase tickets and raffle tickets.