Broward

  • OUT50 Broward: Kezia Gilyard – The LGBT Students Advocate

    Kezia Gilyard is the LGBQ+ and T Coordinator for Broward County Public School district. In that role, Gilyard protects the rights and liberties of LGBQ+ and T students, staff and families, with an emphasis on intersectionality. The job includes training school staff on policies and procedures for LGBQ+ and T, including sensitivity and resiliency training.

  • OUT50 Broward: Mandi Hawke – The LGBT Teens Advocate

    If there is one safe space for LGBTQ youth, it’s SunServe. If there’s one person who leads them, it’s Mandi Hawke.

  • OUT50 Broward: Mark Ketcham - The Non-Profit CEO

    He freely admits to helping others – at his own cost.

  • OUT50 Broward: Martin Childers - The Theater Man

    Marty Childers was perfectly happy in Kentucky, where he had managed the Jenny Wiley Theatre, an award-winning regional company, for 14 years. Then he saw the announcement of an opening for an executive director with Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.

  • OUT50 Broward: Marvin Shaw – The Kiki Project Coordinator

    Urbandictionary.com defines “Kiki” as “a party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. May involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip.” 

  • Out50 Broward: Michael Mendillo - The Arts Executive

    When someone takes a new job, they’re often told they “have big shoes to fill.” That’s definitely not the case with Michael Mendillo, the new executive director of Slow Burn Theatre Co. in Fort Lauderdale.

  • OUT50 Broward: Miik Martorell – The Proud DJ

    For years, Miik Martorell has been one of South Florida’s most popular local DJs. On any given weekend, he could be found in the booths of the most popular dance clubs, some long gone, some current fixtures in the gay nightlife scene.

  • OUT50 Broward: Morgan Mayfaire – The Trans Socialite

    Like many leaders, Morgan Mayfaire’s journey began because he saw a need.

  • Out50 Broward: Naomi Cobb - The Advocate

    Naomi Cobb is an advocate and activist. Before retiring from public service and teaching about 18 months ago, Cobb spent more than 40 years working to change health disparities around people of color and people in the LGBT communities. As a cultural anthropologist, she also worked to train court systems, specifically judges on how people communicate culturally and cross-culturally.

  • OUT50 Broward: Paulette V. Armstead – The Cop

    In 2016, Paulette Armstead made her first run for political office. She lost her race for the Florida House of Representatives by just 718 votes.

  • OUT50 Broward: Peter Kaldes - The Aging Expert

    Peter Kaldes’ path to non-profit work started in the White House.

  • OUT50 Broward: Rachel Simpson - The Addiction Specialist

    Rachel Simpson never planned to work in the recovery field. “I started out as a psychiatric nurse specialist,” she said. “I lost a brother to addiction when he was 26-years-old. After that, I knew I was meant to work in this field and bring my perspective. My wife was in the field when we met, and it’s been a desire of mine to serve our community.”

  • OUT50 Broward: Rajee Narinesingh – The Famous Face

    Rajee Narinesingh is on a journey with lots of ups and downs. People all over the world know her face and the story behind it thanks to the reality TV show Botched. 

  • OUT50 Broward: Rev. Anne Atwell - The Spiritual Leader

    The Reverend Anne Atwell followed the call to ministry in 2008. That’s when the former human resources representative left Corporate America and made a home for herself at Sunshine Cathedral. Atwell is now the Minister of Connections — a role that allows her to link people in the congregation with resources at church and in the community.

  • OUT50 Broward: Rich Rodriguez - The Leather Man

    Donating money to worthy causes and people is a good thing. But for Rich Rodriguez, president of the Lambda Men's Brotherhood, seeing the impact on people is the most rewarding part of what he does.

  • OUT50 Broward: Robert Lamarche – The Family Guy

    Robert Lamarche is all about building families. He spent most of his career in social work – focusing on child welfare. Lamarche is now an attorney and Executive Director of ACF Adoptions, a licensed, private adoption agency that provides adoption services to birthmothers and adoptive parents, including LGBT parents. Lamarche was also involved in creating the Pride Center’s “parenting series” for LGBT parents looking to parent and also volunteered to build the playground there.

  • OUT50 Broward: Robyn Almodovar - The Celebrity Chef

    Robyn Almodovar is cooking up a culinary dynasty. The celebrity chef is the co-owner and executive chef at Rumors Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors and also owns Palate Party Gourmet Food Truck.

  • OUT50 Broward: Roger Roa – The Fund Raiser

    Roger Roa is a busy man. As Director of Development for the Pride Center at Equality Park, Roa handles all the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors for annual, capital and planned gifts. He also plans and executes the Center’s major events such as the Rainbow 5k, Diversity Honors Gala and Wicked Manors. 

  • OUT50 Broward: Samantha McCoy - The Pansexual Activist

    Samantha McCoy takes a lot of pride in her work at the Pride Center at Equality Park. If you’ve ever attended an event at the Pride Center, McCoy likely helped organize it.

  • OUT50 Broward: Scott Herman - The Veteran

    Scott Herman took over Florida’s oldest LGBT political club last year and the results speak for themselves.