On Saturday October 19th, the 23rd annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami celebrated Fifty Years of Fierce LGBTQ activism since Stonewall. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we not only met our goal, we set a new fundraising record for this event! This money will have an immediate and positive impact in the community. Help us have an even bigger impact by making a donation now.
Actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz received National Leadership Awards for their work to support LGBTQ people and the issues that affect their lives every day. Rapp and Cruz play the first openly gay couple in the Star Trek universe on the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery. Dr. Gisela P. Vega, Director, LGBTQ Student Center at the University of Miami, was honored with the 2019 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Dr. Vega has more than 25 years of higher education experience, she exemplifies dedication to uplifting LGBTQ students’ experiences.
National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey kicked off the evening, “Tonight, we celebrate 50 years of progress since the patrons at the Stonewall Inn fought back against police harassment and launched what is now known as the modern LGBTQ movement. We celebrate 50 years of being fierce!” Carey pointed to the work of the Task Force that ensures the next 50 years will see progress for the LGBTQ community: a national campaign to ensure equal rights for all people, “All of Me. All the Time”; a campaign to ensure the Census counts everyone, “Queer the Census”; and the “Queer the Vote” campaign to help communities get registered and turnout the vote.
Money raised from the Gala benefits the Task Force’s efforts to advance LGBTQ rights across the country. Through a partnership with The Miami Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the Gala and the Task Force’s Winter Party Festival is donated to The Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Fund and regranted to organizations serving the local LGBTQ community. The Task Force has given back over $3 million dollars to critical services and organizations in South Florida.