The National LGBTQ Task Force is honored to present the 2017 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award to longtime South Florida activists and philanthropists Alberto Arias and Wood Kinnard. “For more than three decades, Alberto and Wood have volunteered countless hours and have made numerous generous donations to nonprofit organizations working to secure full freedom, justice, equality and equity for LGBTQ people,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. “Their love, compassion, and dedication to creating a better world for LGBTQ people is truly inspiring.”
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 Youth Services, Gay8 Festival, and Voices of Pride: The Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches, among many others beyond the LGBTQ community. The couple married in California in 2008, are parents to Wood’s two children from a prior marriage and grandfathers to two young children.