Keith Hart recently retired from American Express. His was a 21-year career that concluded with responsibility for 1 million pieces of mail, daily. Hart and his partner Nelson have been together for 32 years. They are the proud parents of a son and grandparents to their son’s daughter Samantha.

You’d think those were some comfortable laurels to rest upon but that is not the retirement Hart has chosen. Instead, he is continuing a lifelong commitment to community (both the Hollywood area of South Florida and the LGBT community) by serving as Chief Operating Officer of the World OutGames to be held in Miami in 2017.

Not to be confused with the Gay Games, the World OutGames is a ten-day celebration founded on the three pillars of Culture, Human Rights and Sport. Both gay and straight members of the community are welcome to participate, although the games are oriented toward LGBT rights.  Beating out Reykjavik, Miami’s OutGames will include all manner of cultural events and competitions in 37 different sporting disciplines. The human rights component of Miami’s OutGames will consist of a three-day conference that will discuss topics ranging from sex trafficking to LGBT seniors.   

Hart’s role is daunting. He is ultimately responsible for the complete oversight of all operational components of the event, and, as he puts it “making sure that 15,000 projected attendees have a fantastic time and want to return to Miami!”

Making a positive difference in a hands-on way, often through cultural and sporting enterprises is nothing new to Hart. It has been a lifelong vocation, one fueled by passion and personal reward. Over the past 40-years, Hart has held many key positions including board president of Miami Gay Men's Chorus; president and founding member of the International Gay & Lesbian Football Association – IGLFA, president (‘91-‘92) of the Hotlanta Soccer Association and also while living in Georgia helping the Georgia State Soccer Association secure the first appearance of Women’s Soccer in the Olympics (Atlanta ‘96).

– AP