Op-Ed: Tim Hart, Straight Ally of The Year

tim Hart. Photo via tim Hart, facebook

It seems that every time we are looking at the participants of a gay event, a guy named Tim Hart shows up. This week, he wont be at our anniversary party. He may be golfing in Arizona or hiking the Muir Woods of Northern California with his son. He spent this past weekend touring Alcatraz with his family. 

Growing up in South Florida, Tim knew we had an emerging gay community here. Not sure he ever intended to become the heart and soul of it, supporting every cause from the gay media to the Smart Ride to Our Fund.

He runs R3 Accounting, but is presently consumed with Medixall.com, an online platform letting you find the most affordable medical services from MRIs to blood tests at the most affordable prices. Its a great way of saving costs on medical expenses, and keeping money in your pocket where it belongs. 

Accountancy has been so important to the LGBT community, though.  As Hart has noted, There was a time when DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and DADT (Dont Ask, Dont Tell) shut gay people out of properly preparing their tax returns.”

Folks needed people who understood and were sensitive to domestic partnerships. We needed financial advisors who would help us without any bias or stigma. Hart has been on our side for decades. This year again, he even helped on his backside, making the 165-mile run from Miami to Key West for the fifth time.

The Smart Ride is an amazing and spiritual experience, doing good work for a great cause, and knowing that every dime, every penny is going right back into fighting the spread of the pandemic. Participating cultivates a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment.”

Tim is finally getting recognition for his work too. Last year, SFGN featured him in the MIRROR, and this month OutClique ran a piece on Tim’s latest Smart Ride sojourn. His R3 accounting firm’s ads populate the pages of the free gay media.

A month ago, Tim was the recipient of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (GLBX) Business Community Allys Advocate Award, given to him for his service to local LGBT businesses.

While Tim is from Baltimore and is a graduate of the 1980 class of Thomas Moore College, he currently lives in Plantation, having grown up in nearby Hollywood. Still, this year R3 Accounting is serving as the campaign treasurer for the reelection mayoral run of Fort Lauderdales Dean Trantalis.  

Tim also serves on the Board of Directors of the World AIDS Museum, one of his greatest passions. 

Not enough? He was also just reelected to the post of Treasurer of the Wilton Manors Business Association, and is a member of the Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Rotary. He credits the neighborhood business associations with helping immerse him in the life of the gay and lesbian community.

 “The LGBTQ community is thriving, exciting, passionate, and principled, undertaking worthy causes with great people. I am proud to be part of those efforts,” he said. 

Recently, he is most proud of winning a weekly outing of the Goffers, a local gay men and ladies league. He loves the links, the outdoors, and a good drive with a 3 iron. 

Tim spent Christmas at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina — a beautiful course,” he said. The month before, he visited Florida’s oldest city, St. Augustine. I will give you this. The man stays busy. He is always on the move. 

But Tim still likes the basic simple things, having his breakfasts at Billy Sands’ Diner by the Sea and pastrami sandwiches for lunch at the Pumpernickel’s just down the block from his offices of R3 Accounting at 2929 East Commercial Boulevard. 

We both love the baked clams at Bona Pizza, owned by our mutual friend, Glen Weinzimer, who founded the Smart Ride.

Said Weinzimer of Hart, Tim Harts heart is grand and generous. He has been devoted and dedicated, a great rider, fundraiser and friend.”

This year, Tim really has me hooked with his newest project, starting a “Struttin for Strays” for this year’s Doggie Fun Fest, an event that has supported his Smart Ride efforts. My house is a kennel with four, yes, four dogs. Maybe I will leave a few there.

Its a real worthy event with a small but motivated group of individuals.” 

It’s another worthy cause that generates a lot of empathy with our LGBT community.

A busy, straightforward guy doing a yeoman’s work, helping all of us all the time,  Tim Hart is  SFGN’s inaugural recipient of our “Straight Ally Award” for the year 2019.

 

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