National LGBTQ Task Force To Host 21st Annual Miami Gala
MIAMI, FL, March 30, 2017—The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced it will host the 2017 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala–Miami on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. The annual fundraising gala honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the work to expand basic rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.
“The annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala—Miami is South Florida’s premier awards celebration of LGBTQ advocates,” said Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. “In addition to securing critical funds to support LGBTQ organizations, the evening is filled with glitz, glamour, and memorable surprises. Whether you’re reuniting with former colleagues, forging new friendships, or possibly meeting your future spouse: this is a celebration you won’t want to miss!”
The annual festivities include a hosted cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, awards ceremony and after-party. Previous gala honorees include activist and actor George Takei, Broadway producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and actor Alan Cumming, among others. Last year’s gala raised over $650,000 and had over 700 guests in attendance. Photos of last year’s gala are available online.
“The Task Force Gala is a magical evening for South Floridians. It brings together an incredible group of LGBTQ people and allies to celebrate our struggles, triumphs and hope for the future,” said Josue Santiago, Chair of the 2017 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami. “I’m humbled and privileged to lead the team that will create another evening of lifetime memories and ‘being you.'”
To learn more about the gala, please visit www.thetaskforcegala.org.
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Back in 1994 the founders of Winter Party Festival decided to invite the LGBT community to a party on the sands of South Beach.
Now 20 years later that one night has turned into a Task Force produced six-day celebration that attracts people from all over the world. While many people might think the Winter Party Festival is a lot of parties, that’s not the whole picture. Sure, people come to have fun. And they do have fun – a lot of it! But the real purpose is serious.
The National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change is our premier annual event. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind organizing and skills-building event for the LGBTQ community and our allies.
Creating Change was started in 1988, one year after the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The message of the 1987 March was clear: go home and get to work. It was because of this message that the Task Force soon found itself deluged with requests for resources, advice and assistance.
National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami
The Task Force Recognition events were started in 1990 and they took place in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami.
We created these dinners to pay tribute to the community leaders, allies, and organizations that fight for LGBTQ people through their leadership, advocacy, and action. Past honorees included Bella Abzug, Ted Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Equality Fairfax, Margaret Cho, John Waters, and Tammy Baldwin.