The National LGBTQ Task Force will honor the Miami Herald’s Steve Rothaus with the 2016 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award in recognition of his reporting on issues and news affecting the LGBTQ community.
Rothaus will receive the award in October at the Task Force Gala — Miami at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
“For over 30 years, Steve has dedicated his work to elevating the voices of LGBTQ people in South Florida and beyond,” said Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. “As one of the very few journalists covering LGBTQ news at a major newspaper, his leadership has been instrumental in increasing public awareness and support for issues affecting LGBTQ people."
Rothaus joined the Herald in 1985 and has also covered police stories in Miami-Dade and Broward as well as the Florida Keys. Two years ago, he legally married longtime partner Ric Katz in New York.
“For nearly 20 years, I've written about others who've received this award,” Rothaus said. “It's named for Eddy McIntyre, a popular South Florida lawyer and LGBT activist who secretly suffered depression and took his own life in 2007. His friends and family later asked me to write about Eddy, in the context of how younger gay men are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
“I'm aware how prestigious this award is in the LGBT community and it's a bit odd as a reporter to now be named the honoree. But I'm very happy and grateful that the Task Force, and the people in South Florida who actually choose the recipients every year, want to recognize me and the work I've done so long at the Miami Herald.”