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Herb Sosa of Miami Beach named Hispanic LGBT role model in new video tribute

Herb Sosa and his mother, Teresa Perez Penichet, at the White House for President and Mrs. Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Month reception in June 2014.
Herb Sosa and his mother, Teresa Perez Penichet, at the White House for President and Mrs. Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Month reception in June 2014. Miami Herald Staff

Herb Sosa, president of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County’s leading Hispanic LGBT group, recently was named to the 2014 41 List by Honor 41.

Posted to YouTube:

The 41 List honors and celebrates 41 Latin@ LGBTQ role models.

Herb Sosa serves as Founder & President of Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida. Sosa also is Pubisher|Editor-In-chief of AMBIENTE Magazine, the first & only LGBT publication offered in English, Spanish & Portuguese since 2003.

Mr. Sosa brings over 20 years of corporate and not-for-profit leadership experience in the community. Previously, Mr. Sosa was Corporate Creative Director for Burdines Dept. stores, was Executive Director of Miami Design Preservation League and the Art Deco Weekend Festival in Miami Beach.

In 1995 Mr. Sosa created and developed the Ba-Balu Store concept in Miami & Miami Beach, earning the store the unique distinction of being named one of Conde Nast Traveler Magazines top 100 destinations in the world in 1996. Mr. Sosa has receive various career and personal accolades from his peers, including the Up and Comers Business Leaders Award (1996), City of Miami Beach Herb Sosa Day proclamation (1997), and featured in Cafe Con Leche, a documentary on first- generation Cuban-Americans (1996). Sosa served as chairman of Miami Beach's Historic Preservation Board for over six years, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Design Preservation League, Miami Beach Community Development Corp., Shelbourne & Fernwood HIV/AIDS Housing, and variety of other organizations throughout South Florida.

In January 2004, Herb Sosa was named one of Tentaciónes Magazines Top Ten Latina/o activists in the U.S. and in 2005 was named one of OUT magazines Top 100 LGBT Activists and featured on LOGO TV. On April 2008 Sosa was named's Activist of the Month. In 2009 Sosa received a City Proclamation from Miami Beach – Herb Sosa Day - for his community work, was nominated for a Glaad Media Award in 2009 for Outstanding Digital Journalism and was named one of the 25 Most Influential GLBT Latinos by, currently serves as chairman of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Design Review Board and on May 2011 was named one of 5 "People To Know" in Miami Beach by the Miami Herald.

Honor 41 is a national online nonprofit organization that promotes positive images of the Latin@ LGBTQ community.

More from the Honor 41website:

Honor 41 is a national Latina/o LGBTQ online, 501 c3 non-profit organization that promotes positive images of our community, creates awareness about our issues and builds an online family/community.

The word “Honor” means pride in English and Spanish.

The number 41 has a derogatory connotation in Mexican culture. For over 100 years calling someone “41” or associating anyone or anything with that number labeled them maricon/joto which in English translates to calling someone faggot/gay.

By adopting 41 in our name, we take away the negative, oppressive power associated to the number; we educate others about this important moment in LGBTQ history; we honor their legacy; and honor our own lives and contributions to society.

Here’s the complete list of 2014 honorees (alphabetical order):

Felipe Agredano

Daniel Armando

Erika Carlsen

Ruby Corado

Lazaro Lola Veronica Concepcion

Rafael Cosio

Rafael De Arce

Brenda Del Rio Gonzalez

Alejandro Escoto

Daniel Garza

Billy Gil and Erik Jimenez

Ralfka Gonzalez

Silvia "Biby" Gonzalez

Gibran Guido

Dan Guerrero

Luis Gutierrez-Mock

Ari Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez

Helen Jaramillo

Yojanse Jimenez

Camilo Julian

Zoey and Ofelia

Angel J. Martinez

Joel Martinez and Xavier Mejia

Mekahlo Medina

Maria Mejia

Elizabeth Mendia

Jonathan B. Menendez

Marlon Morales

Monica Palacios

Alfredo Pedroza

David Perez

Anacelly Quintana-McKinney

Edgar Quiñones Cervantes

George Raya

Ignacio Rivera

Victoria Ruiz

Johanna Saavedra

Diego Sepulveda

Herb Sosa

Rosie Trejo