Norm Kent has a legacy that’s shaped LGBT rights for decades. Now his legacy is being extended to an award.

He is to be the next recipient of Wilton Manors Business Association’s (WMBA) Lifetime Business Award. Going forward, the honor will be called the Norman Elliot Kent Excellence in Business Leadership Award.

WMBA said Kent is being recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, fearless leadership, and lifelong dedication to Wilton Manors. Kent has spent his life as an attorney fighting for LGBT rights. Most recently, he announced he will sue Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida over proposals to ban drag entertainment and arrest performers.

Among his other accomplishments, including a radio show, he co-founded SFGN. The paper has been and continues to be a place where stories affecting the LGBT can be told, events promoted, and communities strengthened. All of this and more are reasons why Kent is being honored by WMBA.

“Norm’s insight and knowledge have helped our community grow from a small ‘one horse town’ to the city we are today,” WMBA President Gary Van Horn said. “He has stood up for underserved members of our community, at times when it might have not been so popular to do so. Norm has definitely left his mark on many causes and made the world a better place by doing so.”

The presentation will take place Jan. 26 at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, during WMBA’s Annual Awards Business & Tourism Guide Launch. Dance music diva Kristine W is set to perform and will show off a different side of her. In addition to performing her hits, she will perform a live jazz set with her band.

The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Hunters Nightclub. Tickets start at $19 on eventbrite.com.


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