Married lesbian icons Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz on Saturday received the SAGE Pioneer Award, presented by Services & Advocacy For GLBT Elders, the country’s largest and oldest organization for LGBT seniors.
Hundreds of South Florida friends and supporters attended the event, held at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
The women, who live in West Palm Beach, are known nationally in the LGBT community by just their first names.
A 2002 documentary about their lives was titled, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House. And In October, U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, and Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, introduced the “Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act” (H.R. 3793), which would expand the Older Americans Act to improve services for older LGBT adults.