The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to present the 2016 National Leadership Award to Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley.
In mid-June, as our country was reeling from the massacre of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando, acclaimed Broadway producer James Wesley conceived the idea of the Broadway community uniting to sing “What the World Needs Now is Love” in the style of “We Are the World,” with all the monies raised going to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. Two days later, he and husband Seth Rudetsky had assembled a group of Broadway stars that included Judy Kuhn, Sara Bareilles, Bernadette Peters, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan, among many others. In July they organized Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando.
The couple’s generosity and passion for helping others did not begin with Orlando. Since 1992, Seth has been involved with Hearts and Voices, an organization that brings live weekly performances to hospitalized people with AIDS. He has also produced concerts raising money for the Actors Fund of America. Last year James conceived and co-produced (along with Seth) Voices for the Voiceless on Broadway to benefit New York City youth in foster care.
Seth is the afternoon Broadway host on SiruisXM Radio. He and James are the fathers of a 16-year-old daughter, Juli.
The National LGBTQ Task Force is honored to present the 2016 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award to Miami Herald staff writer Steve Rothaus. Steve tells the LGBT community’s stories to and for us and is one of the only journalists with an LGBT beat at any major newspaper, a distinction he achieved because of his tenacity and insistence that our community is worth the focus in coverage. In his over 30 years at the Miami Herald, he’s fought for fair reporting and spent countless unpaid hours attending and publicizing events, breaking our news, and bearing witness as the hearts and minds of a nation have shifted in favor of fairness.
Steve joined the Miami Herald staff in 1985 and took the bold move of coming out at work two years later. He served five years as a board member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association. Steve also founded the association’s Newsroom Outreach Project, which had him travel the country visiting newspapers, television stations and college campuses to discuss gay news coverage and workplace issues. He began covering LGBT issues for the Herald in 1997 and, one year later, won the GLAAD Media Award for outstanding newspaper columnist.
Steve’s many awards include two Pulitzer Prize teams, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Business Person Award, and Equality Florida’s Voice for Equality Award. Earlier this year, Miami Dade College inducted him into its 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame and the Miami chapter of the Public Relations Society of America presented him with the 2016 Royal Palm Award.
For more about Steve Rothaus visit Steve Rothaus’ Gay South Florida.