Among upcoming LGBT events are SAGE and Friends Miami, and the AQUA Family BBQ. These events raise awareness with local leaders and promote community building in Miami. The Miami metro area ranks as the 17th most populous LGBT area with 4.2 percent of residents who identify as LGBT, according to a 2012-2014 Gallup poll.

On Feb. 6, the NYC-based Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) will host “SAGE & Friends/Miami 2016.” The event will be held at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The highlight of the event is “The Pioneer Award,” which recognizes LGBT older adults who have paved the way for equality and the allies who have supported such efforts.

This year's award will be presented at the event to Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz. Young housewives when they met in 1959 in Brooklyn, Ruthie and Connie became fast friends, community leaders, and in 1974, more than that—they fell in love, according to a press release from SAGE.

Struggling with both internal and social homophobia, the women left their marriages for one another. They sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits in 1988 and won in 1992. They established a PFLAG chapter for retirees in their new Florida home and were the subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House."

On Feb. 7, the Aqua Foundation for Women (AFW), which serves and supports the LBT community in South Florida through grants, scholarships and initiatives, will host the LGBT Family BBQ. The event is sponsored by Olivia Travel, Jackson Health System, Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Rotella & Hernandez, LLC and Coca-Cola.

The event, which will be held from noon-4 p.m. at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, will feature complimentary food and drinks, in addition to activities for kids, including face painting and a bounce house. Although the event is free, RSVP is requested via EventBrite: www.Eventbrite.com/e/aqua-lgbt-family-bbq-tickets-20746134246 


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