Gay History 101: September 9, 2015

History was never as straight as we are told. Recording our history means reporting the truth.

David Jobin (1963) is an American CEO. In his carrier he has been Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., and also spent 20 years in theater management in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. On June 1, 2013 he became the executive director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, which is the world’s largest collection of LGBT historical artifacts and documents. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, which collects, preserves and displays the most extensive compilation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, culture and history. During his tenure as Executive Director the organization experienced substantial growth in its fundraising and public profile and opened the Stonewall Gallery in Wilton Manors. On Aug. 31, 2015 Jobin was selected to replace Anthony Timiraos as CEO of Our Fund. Jobin holds a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. He resides in Wilton Manors, with his husband, Angel Burgos.

Anthony Timiraos, president, CEO and co-founder of Our Fund, a foundation that encourages and nurtures philanthropy and support for the LGBT community of South Florida, came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1962 under Operation Peter Pan, a CIA intervention in which 14,000 Cuban children were sent to Miami by their parents for political asylum. Timiraos became a Certified Public Accountant and had a successful financial management career that took him to Boston and New York City. Today, Our Fund with $2 million in assets, has received more than $3.3 million in gifts and distributed over $1.2 million in grants. The foundation manages over 30 charitable funds and has a significant list of Legacy Society members with more than $30 million in promised future legacy gifts. Members of the Legacy Society are individuals who designate a portion or all of their estate to Our Fund. He has just announced that he will step down as CEO this year, at the end of his five-year commitment. He occasionally contributes a column to South Florida Gay News. He and his husband, Arthur Crispino, have been together since 1970. They were married three years ago in New York City.

Robert Boo (1960), is the executive director of the Pride Center in Wilton Manors, Boo is the point man for increased programming, diversity and expansion of its multiple outreach initiatives. Under his auspices and tenure, the Pride Center has become a national model for twenty-first century growth. As Director of Development for five years from 2006-2010, Boo tripled the number of major donors in the Founders Circle, helped quadruple the annual operating budget and launched a multi-million dollar capital campaign- which led to the purchase of its campus with 30,000 square feet of office space and the renovation of its main building. Boo has been volunteering since the early 1980s when he lived in Chicago and devoted time to an AIDS hotline and crisis center. He was honored in 2013 by Lambda Legal for his lifetime commitment to equality and in 2014 SFGN honored him with its "Achievement in Excellence" Award.

Bob Kecskemety (1951 -2012). A graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School who went to Broward Community College, Kecskemety became well known to the gay community through his entertaining column in Scoop Magazine in the 1990’s, titled ‘Shut Up and Focus.’ Trained in audiovisual work, Kecskemety and his camera were often fixtures at community events, such as the annual World AIDS Day festivities in Wilton Manors, along with PrideFest functions. Kecskemety was also the graphic designer and layout artist for Scoop, long before becoming a writer and editor for other gay publications, including Buzz Magazine, the Independent, HotSpots, and the Florida Agenda. He put together the GLCC Voice for the Pride Center in Wilton Manors. In his last days he sought out his long time friend, attorney Norm Kent, publisher of SFGN, and asked that the proceeds of his modest estate be used to fund the continued publication of the 'Voice' by the Pride Center. On behalf of the Pride Center of Equality Park, Executive Director Robert Boo, stated, "We are overwhelmed by the generosity and love shown by Bob Kecskemety. Each of the subsequent issues of the Voice will state that they are published ‘in the memory and through the donations of the Robert S. Kecskemety Trust.’”

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