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Honorees – Task Force Gala

Honorees


Billy Eichner

2021 National Leadership Award

The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to award the 2021 National Leadership Award to four-time Emmy-nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer Billy Eichner. Last month Eichner began shooting BROS, which will premiere in theatres next summer, for Universal Pictures. BROS makes Billy the first openly gay man to write, star in and produce a comedy for a major Hollywood studio. Additionally, he is set to star in and produce Man in the Box, a biopic based on the life of groundbreaking TV icon Paul Lynde.

In 2018 Billy launched “Glam Up the Midterms”, a Get Out the Vote campaign for the midterm elections. He recruited celebrities as well as local leaders and activists from across the country to encourage people to vote in the midterms. He was among six out entertainment professionals chosen to grace the cover of the Variety’s inaugural “Power of Pride” issue in June 2019, where he used the platform to shine a light on homophobia in the industry. He received the Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC San Francisco Gala. More recently, Billy was a Senior Advisor to Swing Left, an organization committed to building a lasting culture of grassroots participation in winning elections for the Left, in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election.

His iconic, critically acclaimed series Billy on the Street, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series” in 2018. This was the second of three Primetime Emmy nominations for the series, which was also nominated for a segment Billy hosted with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The series is now on Netflix, and clips from it have garnered over 100 million views online. Billy has over 2 million Twitter followers, which has made him a longtime social media force to be reckoned with.

Previously, Billy co-starred on two seasons of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series, American Horror Story, as well as Hulu’s critically acclaimed series Difficult People.  He most recently co-starred in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King as the voice of Timon, opposite Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles.

Billy can currently be seen as the infamous Matt Drudge in American Crime Story: Impeachment, alongside Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Edie Falco and Clive Owen.

 

Robin J. Schwartz

2021 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award

The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to announce that Robin J. Schwartz will receive the 2021 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the 25th annual Task Force Galaon Saturday, October 23, at the Miami Beach Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Robin is an activist and community leader who has served the LGBTQ community in multiple capacities over the past 20 years. The many causes she has championed include the advancement of LGBTQ women, support for young people who find themselves homeless, and racial justice. She has been an outspoken advocate for marginalized communities, lobbying LGBTQ leaders and organizations to give them a seat at the table.

Robin is one of the South Florida Board of Directors who founded Aqua Foundation for Women, and she served from 2010 to 2014 as the organization’s Executive Director and from 2018 to 2019 as its Managing Director. Her accomplishments at Aqua included: raising over $100,000 to launch the first formal program to address LGBTQ youth homelessness; increasing funding and programming for the Scholarship and Mentor Program; producing TransCon, an annual two-day conference designed to empower and educate the transgender and non-binary community and their allies; developing the Emerging Leadership Conference, a program for Aqua Foundation scholarship recipients that provides inspiration and skills training for future LGBTQ female identified leaders; and creating the Aqua Family BBQ, an annual event to bring parents and their kids together in a safe space where kids with same-sex parents could see other families that look like theirs.
In the wake of the George Floyd murder last year, Robin secured funding from Our Fund to provide antiracism training for the leaders of South Florida LGBTQ organizations. She recently secured an additional grant to conduct antiracism workshops. Robin also organized a book club for local white leaders focused on antiracism. During the height of the pandemic last summer, Robin reached out to her contacts at the Miami Dolphins to request local LGBTQ agencies be included in their program to distribute food to those in need.

Robin has held a number of highly visible volunteer positions in various LGBTQ organizations, including Vice Chair of Miami Beach Gay Pride, Chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach, a member of the Advisory Committee for the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Miami Foundation and a committee member of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala. Currently she is the Donor Relations and Program Manager at Equality Florida. Robin also serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach and recently served on the LGBTQ Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County.

Throughout her professional life, whether it be for profit or non-profit, Robin takes great pride in being proactive and driven to achieve results, all with a big heart and a strong voice.

 

Jasmine McKenzie

2021 ChangeMaker Award

As we celebrate a quarter-century of uniting communities, honoring heroes and advancing equality, the Task Force is presenting – for the first time – a ChangeMaker Award. This award is intended to recognize someone who embodies our vision for a society where LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves, who works to remove barriers for the LGBTQ+ community, and who is committed to transforming society for future generations. We are excited to present the ChangeMaker award to Jasmine McKenzie.

 Jasmine is a Black transgender woman who is dedicated to changing the community by making sure other Black transgender and nonbinary people have a safe and amazing future and fighting for equity for her community. She is currently working to build a drop-in center that caters to the needs of Black transgender and nonbinary people in South Florida.  Jasmine is also a passionate and active member of the South Florida Ballroom community and serves as the Mother of the iconic House of Ebony. She is also co-chair for 2021 Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale. In her spare time Jasmine enjoys designing pageant wear and avant-garde hair art. In 2016 she established her own business, Color N Raw, which is a black LGBTQ+ photography and modeling studio located in Dania Beach, Florida, and is patronized by the Ballroom and Black South Florida community.