Cindy Brown & Commissioner Katy Sorenson to Be Honored

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced that it will honor Cindy Brown and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson at the 14th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event will be held at the beautiful Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.

This major fundraising event recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the social, cultural, political and humanitarian needs of the LGBT community.

“I have had the privilege of watching these two women work tirelessly in support of the LGBT community for many, many years,” says Liebe Gadinsky, event co-chair and Task Force board member. “I am overjoyed that we have the opportunity to honor them for all they have contributed to the cause of equality.”


Brown, who will receive the 2010 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award, has served as a volunteer and an employee of many Miami-Dade organizations, including SAVE Dade, Aqua Foundation for Women, Care Resource and the Miami Light Project.

“It is an honor to receive the Task Force Community Service Award named for my friend Eddy McIntyre,” Brown stated. “I am humbled to be in the company of those who have been honored before me.” Brown is an active member of the community because, “it is important to me that South Florida, and Miami in particular, are progressive with respect to LGBT issues and I know that won’t happen if I just stand by and wait.”

Brown holds the record for most years of service as a steering committee member and as a co-chair of the Miami Recognition Dinner. Brown launched her own event company, Cenergy, in 2008. Shortly after, she was contracted to produce the first Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration in 2009.

The event went on to become the largest one-day event in the city of Miami Beach.

Sorenson, who will be awarded the 2010 Humanitarian Award, has represented District 8 on the Miami-Dade County Commission since 1994 and has been a staunch advocate for human rights, champion of regional cooperation, leader in child welfare issues and promoter of the arts.

“I am thrilled to be honored by one of the most important civil rights organizations of our time,” said Sorenson. “None of us can rest until all LGBT citizens of this country have the same rights as all other citizens, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to work for that change.”

Sorenson also championed the inclusion of “sexual orientation” to the county’s nondiscrimination laws and successfully defended these equal treatment provisions against attempts at repeal. She was instrumental in ensuring that county employees were awarded domestic partnership benefits in 2009.

Launched in 1997, the Miami Recognition Dinner quickly cemented its place as the premier event for uniting the community through honoring individuals and organizations for their achievements in fostering equal rights for LGBT people.

Over the past decade, it has become a vital source of funding for organizations serving the LGBT community. Since assuming responsibility for the dinner and its sister event, Winter Party Festival, in 2004, the Task Force has donated close to $800,000 from the proceeds of the two events to the Miami-Dade community.