Emmy Award-Winning Actor Leslie Jordan to Host Miami Gala

Miami, Florida, September 16, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan — best known for his role as Beverley Leslie on “Will and Grace” — will serve as the master of ceremonies at this year’s National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami. Now in its 19th year, the annual fundraising gala is set to take place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel on Saturday, October 24.

“We are thrilled to have the hilarious and always memorable Leslie Jordan emcee this year’s Miami gala,” said Russell Roybal, deputy executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force. “Leslie is not only an accomplished performer but also a passionate advocate for equality, which makes him the perfect host for the occasion. The annual gala, along with the Winter Party Festival, support the National LGBTQ Task Force and South Florida organizations’ work to secure full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people and their families.”

Jordan’s career in Hollywood as a comedian, stage performer, and television actor spans over three decades. He has appeared on popular television series such as “Murphy Brown,” “Coach,” “Wings,” “Ellen,” “Dharma and Greg,” “Boston Public,” “George Lopez,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Raising Hope.” In 2006, he received an Emmy for his portrayal of Beverley Leslie on the hit comedy series “Will & Grace.”  Most recently, he guest-starred in the third season of FX’s “American Horror Story.” In addition to his work as a performer and entertainer, Jordan is also an activist dedicated to equal rights.

Attorney Mary L. Bonauto, one of the leading architects of the U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality victory, and local community leader Juan Bosco Talavera will be honored at this year’s gala. The event includes an intimate cocktail reception, silent auction, sit-down dinner, awards ceremony, and dancing. Tickets to the gala are $450 and can be purchased online. This year’s event is presented by Wells Fargo and co-chaired by Charles Million and Josue Santiago. Video highlights from last year’s gala are available here.


Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director