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2023 Gala Honorees

2024 National Leadership Award

To Be Announced

2024 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award

Jim Tyrrell and Roger Thomson

Jim Tyrrell and Roger Thomson are a beloved fixture in the community of South Florida. Coupled since 1999, the two have dedicated themselves to supporting the LGBTQ movement locally and nationally through their philanthropy and service. Roger sat on the National LGBTQ Task Force Board for 9, with two years as Board Co-Chair. He has also served on the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach, the Board of Miami Pride, and the LGBTQ Community Fund Committee at the Miami Foundation. Jim and Roger are members of SAVE, SAGE, and Equality Florida, supporters of Pridelines, and myriad other South Florida LGBTQ community organizations. Their generosity has helped beat back discriminatory policies and legislative attacks on LGBTQ people and enabled the community to continue thriving and reaching for full liberation.

Prior to his retirement in 2016, Roger served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Brinker International Inc, which operates Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants. He has also served executive roles at Burger King Corporation and S&A Restaurant Corp. At 49 years old, Roger became one of the first Fortune 500 executives to openly identify as gay.

Jim started his career as a disco instructor straight out of high school. He later pursued a degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University, worked as an interior designer, and as a licensed massage therapist. In the early 2000’s, Jim was battled three bouts of tongue cancer which required multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Jim is a cancer warrior and survivor.

Jim and Roger were married on January 1, 2016. The wedding was planned by Liebe and Seth Gadinsky and officiated by Richard Milstein – all of whom are prior recipients of the Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award.

Sometimes awards are named after people who stand out in the community. The Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award is named for someone who stood out and stood up.

Eddy McIntyre

2023 Honorees

The image features Mx. Contance Collins, JD, the "2023 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award" recipient. Collins has short, curly hair and is standing in front of trees wearing a pink t-shirt. Collins' t-shirt catches attention as it features a lotus flower design. The lotus flower design is emphasized as the text "Rainbow Lotus" is displayed just below, providing further context to the flower design.

Constance Collins

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
In a vibrant and eclectic setting Dominique Jackson, a black woman, commands attention as she poses against a colorful background. Her black dress provides a dramatic contrast to the vivid hues of her surroundings, further accentuated by her expressive and confident demeanor.

Dominique Jackson

National Leadership Award
Jasmine McKenzie

Jasmine McKenzie

ChangeMaker Award

2022 Honorees

The Gadinsky Family – Liebe, Seth, Naomi and Tashi

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart

National Leadership Award

X González

ChangeMaker Award

2021 Honorees

Robin Schwartz

Robin J. Schwartz

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Billy Eichner

Billy Eichner

National Leadership Award
Jasmine McKenzie

Jasmine McKenzie

ChangeMaker Award

2021 Press Release

2019 Honorees

Dr. Gisela P. Vega, University of Miami

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Wilson Cruz & Anthony Rapp

Wilson Cruz & Anthony Rapp

National Leadership Award

2019 Press Release

2018 Honorees

Charles Million & Tim Nardi

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award

Robin Roberts & Sam Champion

National Leadership Award

2017 Honorees

Alberto Arias and Wood Kinnard

Alberto Arias and Wood Kinnard

Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award
Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

National Leadership Award

2016
Steve Rothaus
Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley

2015
Juan Bosco Talavera
Mary L. Bonauto

2014
James G. Pepper
Kristin Beck

2013
Joseph L. Falk
George Takei

2012
Elizabeth F. Schwartz
Matt Foreman

2011
Georg Ketelhohn
Ben Cohen

2010
Cindy Brown
Alan Cumming
Commissioner Katy Sorenson

2009
Steve Adkins
Lt. Dan Choi
Rev. James Trapp

2008
Keith Boykin
Ilene Chaiken
Joan Schaeffer

2007
Jerry Chasen
Leonard Pitts
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

2006
Julian Bond
Bob Cole
TWN

2005
California Assemblyman Mark Leno
Richard C. Milstein
Spain’s President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

2004
Alicia Apfel
All Dade Human Rights Foundation and
Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida grant recipients

2003
Bacardi
Marleine Bastien
Dr. John Graves
Sir Ian McKellen
Terrence McNally
Damian Pardo

2002
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Lee Schrager

2001
Edda Cimino
Rep. Richard Gephardt
Neisen Kasdin
Robert Rosenberg
Lisa Versaci

2000
Billy Bean
David Treece
Rosemary Wilder
Cristina Saralegui
Elkin Zapata

1999
Martha Fugate
Liebe Gadinsky
Jorge Mursuli

1998
Dennis Edwards & Mark Steinberg
Dave Lawrence
Mindy McNichols

1997
Greg Baldwin
City of Miami Beach
Ruth Shack

National Corporate Partners
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