Rick Rose co-owns Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Homes in West Palm Beach. He grew up in Miami and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in hospitality management. He spent more than 20 years in international hotel management and is fluent in both English and German.

Rose came out to his family when he was 18. “It was a little challenging for them at first,” he shared. “But in about six months they had pulled it together and we’ve been OK since.”

“I must say that being gay is much less of an issue in Europe than in the U.S.,” he said. “There are fewer hang-ups about it.”

Rose has held many visible leadership positions for a number of civic and social organizations both in Germany and the U.S.

He has hosted at the B&B a number of receptions and fundraisers for gay/gay-friendly politicians and organizations.

As a practical businessman and social activist, Rose has never been one to hide the fact that he is gay.

“If someone asks, I answer,” he said. “We have to be true to ourselves in every aspect of our lives otherwise, how can we be true to others?

Rose is a founding member of Palm Beach’s LGBT business chamber, The Pride Business Alliance and regularly hosts fundraisers for a variety of causes at his bed and breakfast.

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