Mark Budwig is so involved in the local LGBT community he’s practically a local celebrity.

His 30-year business, S.MARK Graphics, has been in Fort Lauderdale for 13 years. He’s also the founder of the Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX) of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; the chair of Broward House and has been on the board for 10 years; a board member of The Pride Center for three years. There are others, of course, but there is not enough physical space here to list all of his accolades.

Budwig, even as a major contributor to the success of the local LGBT community, gives praise to others.

“There is so much support for the LGBT community here in Broward County,” he said. “We have so many exceptional leaders in the LGBT community. It’s rewarding to be a part of that group.”

While he attributes the biggest struggle for the community to be funding, Budwig sees positivity ahead.

“I see the LGBT community more open and aligned with the general community as gay marriage becomes more accepted around the world,” he said.

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