The Annual Bishop SF Makalani Mahee Transgender Equality Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday Nov. 5. This year’s event takes place at the Historical Manor House at Richardson Park - 1937 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event is an opportunity to commemorate and honor advocates, allies, and all people who work to improve life and rights for South Florida’s transgender community.  

“Those chosen meet a number of criteria,” said Regina Gerbier, Transgender Program Coordinator, HIV Prevention Program at the Broward Department of Health. “Are they an ally, business, or medical provider? Have they gone above and beyond to truly be inclusive of transgender individuals? Do fight with and for us to obtain equality for the transgender community?  If they are a transgender individual, whether it be male, female, or non-binary, are these people advocates for our community?  Are they present at transgender events to show visibility and put work to further our cause?  These are qualities we look for in choosing a winner for each category.”

Awards are given in the following categories for outstanding work:

  • Transgender Woman
  • Transgender Man
  • Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary
  • Ally
  • Business or Community-Based Organization
  • Doctor or Medical Professional

Winners will be announced at Tuesday during the awards ceremony. 

Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee was a leader in the local LGBT community. He worked a minister, motivational speaker, activist, and spoken-word artist, and friend to everyone he met.  He passed away two years ago at age 45. The award is in his honor.