Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County’s leading Hispanic LGBT activist group, on Friday hosts it seventh annual Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball, The 2015 honorees: Jonathan Plutzik, Caridad Moro-Gonlier, Milan Rodriguez and Leo Lam Haines.
Here’s the complete news release with details:
For the 7th year, our Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) LEGENDS HONORS and LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Ball celebrates the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBTQ & ally community. Through the annual recognition we bring the community together to focus on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better people.
This year, our Legends Ball – the one fundraising event of its kind we host each year – will be on Friday, September 11th, 7-11pm at the historic Victor Hotel on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, and will honor JONATHAN PLUTZIK, CARIDAD MORO-GONLIER, MILAN RODRIGUEZ & LEO LAM HAINES.
PURCHASE TICKETS: $50 now, $80 at door. www.unitycoalition.org/LLL.html
JONATHAN PLUTZIK, Community Visionary & Ally Award | As owner of The BETSY-South Beach, Jonathan and his sister Deborah Briggs-Plutzik have established a climate of first rate lodging within a creative paradise. From their successful Writer Room Program to partnerships with UC|CU on Celebrate ORGULLO, TransArt, ArtNights & more, The BETSY and Jonathan have been a vital resource for the Arts & LGBT community. “Our partnership with Unity Coaltion/Coalición Unida is an important part of The Betsy’s programming in the LGBT space…” said Plutzik.
CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER, Educational Leader Award | Caridad is a mother, wife, author, community leader & teacher at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High School and also their GSA program director. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, she is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, and twice nominated for a Pushcart prize.
MILAN RODRIGUEZ, Unsung Hero Award | Born in Cuba, Milan migrated to Miami in the 80’s and started a whole new life. Focusing on her talents in graphic design, photography & promotions, she has built a nightlife promotional empire (milancita.com), is a devoted wife, mom to her loving dogs, and always tirelessly working on behalf of her Trangender & Hispanic LGBT community. Milan is an inspiration to all who meet her.
LEO LAM HAINES, Youth Leadership Award | As a transgender high school student, support has always been difficult to find. I joined Pridelines half-way through my freshman year after having been harassed by school staff, teachers, and students. I felt isolated and anxious, and finding a community at Pridelines contributed towards a huge improvement in my life experience. . Eventually I created “Beyond the Binary,” a Trans* and Gender Nonconforming support group there. This experience transcends a traditional LGBT meeting since it is not uncommon to encounter transphobia within the cisgender LGB community.
The LEGENDS Ball and Legends Honors will be on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the historic Hotel VICTOR, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida. Tickets available at unitycoalition.org
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