We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 National Leadership Award recipient is Miami’s own Gloria Estefan. A GRAMMY Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author, philanthropist and humanitarian, Ms. Estefan is a great champion for a host of issues demonstrating strong compassion for those that have suffered from discrimination, economic disparity, natural disasters and more. Gloria’s vocal support of marriage equality, her partnership with the It Gets Better campaign, and her recent film with husband, Emilio, A Change of Heart, has helped raise awareness for the LGBTQ community on a large scale.
We’re proud to announce that longtime South Florida activists and philanthropists Alberto Arias and Wood Kinnard will receive the 2017 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami on Saturday, October 7. Wood served on the Human Rights Campaign’s Board of Governors for three years, has provided pro bono services to Legal Aid of Palm Beach in the Ryan White HIV division, and chaired the 2013 Outshine Film Festival. At Care Resource, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization formerly known as the Health Crisis Network, Alberto served as an employee, volunteer, and board member. Alberto and Wood are patrons of the arts and a range of social-service and social-justice organizations including the National LGBTQ Task Force, SAVE, Pridelines, Gay8 Festival, and Voices of Pride: The Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches, among many others beyond the LGBTQ community.