When Reverend Dr. Rosalyn Osgood looks at the world, she says she sees it as “us” and not them. “I just try to give love and support where’re I can. I’ve been very outspoken of my support for the LGBT community.”

Osgood, who has been with New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale for 14 years and is the Broward School Board Chair, said part of her support for the LGBT community stems from her biological father being bisexual and the stigma he had to face as a result.

“I’ve been very involved with work with HIV. In 2013, I hosted the first ever Hear My Pride Community Forum.” She’s also a board member of the World AIDS Museum in Wilton Manors.

“I have a group of gay friends. Sometimes they say I’m the only girl they’ve kissed,” she joked. “We have a ball.”

Lorenzo Robertson, emerging interventions manager at The Pride Center, added, “Dr. Osgood is a woman that appreciates the realities that we all are different, but deserve the same respect. She is a true ally working on all fronts to assure that we are treated with dignity.”