Anita Bryant was “ground zero.”

The 2016 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award was presented to Steve Routhaus, a staff writer at The Miami Herald who has dedicated much of his journalism career to elevating the voices of LGBTQ people. The audience listened intently as Rothaus presented a historial retrospective of the LGBTQ rights movement in South Florida, calling the Save Our Children campaign by Anita Bryant “ground zero.”

Tribute to lives lost at Pulse


Task Force Deputy Executive Director Russell Roybal paid tribute to the lives lost in June in the Pulse Nightclub shootings as he introduced the National Leadership Award recipients, Broadway producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. In response to the shootings, the couple gathered 50 well-known members of the Broadway community to form Broadway for Orlando and raise money for the victims. In their video acceptance of the award, the two men said “In terms of leadership, we want you to know that you can just do it yourself. If you have an idea, do it yourself and get your friends to come and help you.”