Verla Jean Johnson’s lifetime of activism is one of the most diverse in our community. Born in Carthage, Mississippi, Jean joined the Air Force during the Korean War, though she was not allowed to fly.
Ask the Museum of Discovery and Science’s (MODS) new executive director Joseph Cox how he ended up in his career and he’ll share a funny story:
Key West’s JT Thompson is an artist and graphic designer. He’s also working to make the world a better place with One Human Family.
Julian Cavazos had to be convinced. After declining last year’s nomination, Cavazos relented this year and accepted his place on the annual SFGN OUT50 roster.
A mainstay on the Palm Beach political scene, Kevin Muth has witnessed history he never thought possible.
Kris Drumm, licensed clinical social worker and certified advanced hypnotherapist, came to Florida 14 years ago with her wife, Grace Telesco. The couple have been together 21 years and legally recognized for five.
She worked in Foggy Bottom under Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and captured the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2018 U.S. FL-18 congressional election.
The LGBT center movement is alive and well with new ones popping up in communities around the U.S. Their success is due in part to CenterLink and the leadership of its CEO Lora Tucker.
When it comes to educating people about HIV, Lorenzo Lowe is a rock star. As HIV prevention & education director, Lowe manages 35 condom distribution sites, 15 different outreach locations including college campuses, testing and education venues. “This is a community in need of a lot of services,” Lowe told.
Journalist and human rights advocate, Lynare Robbins strives to help members of the LGBT community not just locally, but internationally. She joined the Navy upon graduating high school, which led to her view of human rights on a global scale.
Mark Ebenhoch is a force to be reckoned with — he’s a Marine vet, an actor, film advisor, and a national and state LGBT activist. He’s also the keeper of the flag. Well, at least part of it.
During the height of the South Florida arts season, Mark Traverso and Conor Walton are like two ships passing in the night: Conor, an award-winning actor, singer and dancer is heading to a rehearsal or performance anywhere between Jupiter and Coral Gables. Mark, a very successful marketing executive by day, is likely chairing a board meeting of Slow Burn Theatre Co. or making a curtain speech at one of their performances at the Broward Center.
May Reign is a poet, activist, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, author and entrepreneur. She fulfills all of those roles with passion and enthusiasm.
Michael D. Fowler is the executive sponsor for the LGBT employees’ group at NextEra Energy Resources where he is vice president of information management for Florida Power & Light, an important and very visible position.
Michelle Sylvester decided to run for office after 20 years of leadership under the same party.
Misty Eyez is enjoying her second act. The former drag queen (and SFGN Best Of winner for several years) traded in the nightlife at Lips, Boardwalk, and other top venues for a new career. She’s now the director of women’s program & education and case manager for transgender services at Sun Serve.
Nik Harris is Florida’s first LGBT consumer advocate. The newly created position began in April. The role will address discrimination and fraud while raising awareness about opportunities for LGBT residents in the agriculture industry.
Patricia Hernandez represents the legal minds of Miami-Dade. She is a founding partner of Rotella & Hernandez, an immigration and family law firm. Her specialty is helping immigrants and the complex battles they face, but her specialty is focusing on how these issues affect the LGBT community.
Wire Magazine (WireMag) is a Miami-based publication catering to the LGBT community. Rafa Carvajal, purchased the magazine 10 years ago and serves as its publisher and editor in chief. He manages to circulate 10,000 issues on a biweekly basis, and the magazine has done so for the past 28 years. This is an impressive feat considering the publication is totally free. Carvajal also ensures it provides a great snapshot of sociocultural options in Miami.
You don’t have to be Dr. Phil—or Dr. Ruth, as a matter of fact—to figure out that playwright Ronnie Larsen is more than slightly obsessed with sex.