Michael Emanuel Rajner
At a Glance:Michael Emanuel Rajner has been a Project Contributor since October 2008, has written 96 entries and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Michael Emanuel Rajner resides in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and earned a bachelor degree in social work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. While working towards his degree, Michael interned with the Broward State Attorney’s Office as a victim advocate working with victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes and was instrumental to assist the office improve on efforts serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of crimes.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in northeast New Jersey, Michael first engaged in advocacy as a teen when his mother, grandmother and cousin were all diagnosed with Cancer and lost their battles to the disease within 1 ½ months of another. At the age of 14, Michael was appointed as a legislative aide to Republican New Jersey State Senator S. Gerald Cardinale and assisted in drafting legislation introduced to establish a fund for the early detection and prevention of Cancer. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Cardinale was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Senate after Michael testified as a teen before a Senate committee, but it was ultimately defeated without a committee hearing in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Michael later entered the insurance profession and for several years worked in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York as a property/casualty insurance broker/underwriter with a specialty to insure risks ranging from the entertainment industry to venture capitalists.
Michael believes strongly in community involvement and public service. He currently serves on several public boards, namely Vice Chair for Broward County Human Rights Board and Chair of the Community Affairs Advisory Board for the City of Wilton Manors, Florida. Michael has served for the last several years on the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program Advisory Workgroup and in 2013, elected to the Steering Committee for the United States People Living with HIV Caucus.
His past public service included the Broward County HIV Health Services Planning Council where he was Chair of the Quality Management Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Client/Community Relations Committee. Michael also served as Chair of the 2011-2013 Broward County School Board Redistricting Steering Committee, Broward County School Board Diversity Committee and the district's Code of Student Conduct Committee. As a proud Democrat, he was selected by then Republican Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti to sit on the Broward County Sheriff’s Council for Diversity and Equality Opportunity and the Broward Sheriff's Office Juvenile Assessment Center's Advisory Board.
Michael directs much of his passion to advance the rights and protections relating directly to LGBT and HIV/AIDS public policy and the many intersecting opportunities to help other communities or people and constituency groups.
He served as National Secretary of Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) and as National Community Organizer for the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) and coordinated the AIDS IN AMERICA series of regional meetings and town halls around the nation for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Empowered by the Denver Principles, Michael collaborates with many local and national advocacy groups to ensure the representation and voice of independent people living with HIV/AIDS are at the policy-making table. He works closely with local, state and national lawmakers to educate and challenge them to spur the political will to advance legislative efforts to address the needs of the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities or people.
Michael serves as the Legislative Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, on the Florida Democratic Party's Legislative Committee, the 2012 Platform Steering Committee and elected as a District Level Delegate for Florida's 20th Congressional District represented by DNC Chairwoman Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Michael has been award numerous recognitions for his activism and advocacy including Best Local Activist in 2013 by the Florida Agenda, named 2012 Democrat of the Year by the Broward County Democratic Party, Humanitarian of the year by the Broward Young Democrats and the “2011 Voice for Equality Award” by Equality Florida. In December 2010 and 2011, POZ Magazine named Michael among in the POZ 100 – “some of the bravest, most dogged and downright effective AIDS fighters we know.” POZ featured Michael on the cover of its November 2009. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida Stars of the Rainbow – Activist of the Year, the 2007 Keith D. Cylar - United States AIDS Activist Award by Housing Works, Inc. (Brooklyn, New York) and Activist of the Year at The Independent’s 2006 People of the Year Awards. In 2007, the State of New Jersey passed a Joint Legislative Resolution commending him for his contributions in the AIDS movement.
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