Photo: Dmitry Zhitov / Miami Herald
The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to announce that local entrepreneur and radio personality Mark Gilbert will receive the 2019 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami on Saturday, October 19.
Born and raised in Chicago, Mark has been a fixture of the Miami community ever since he came here for school at the age of 19. As a young graduate, Mark embarked on a series of successful business ventures, including designing and licensing rock-and-roll products and sports paraphernalia. Eventually Mark was licensing sports products for the NFL, NBA, NHL, and colleges throughout the southeast, ultimately designing custom products for the Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers, and many more.
After much success in his business ventures, Mark was ready for a new challenge and began volunteering with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. As a volunteer, Mark successfully brokered a major sponsorship between the Festival and local radio station WPYM The New Party93.1. Not long after, Mark was invited to host his own LGBTQ community affairs show on the air, Issues Over the Rainbow, and his on-air persona MarkyG was born. Ratings soared and MarkyG was an instant success. Mark’s new-found fame put him in the room with South Florida’s movers and shakers and introduced him to the world of activism, charitable giving, and philanthropy. Mark has been closely involved with the Film Festival (later renamed OUTShine) ever since, and he’s been serving as Board Chair since 2014.