Out50

  • OUT50 Palm Beach: Tonya Davis Johnson – The Council Woman

    When Councilwoman Tonya Davis Johnson ran her political campaign, she didn’t talk about being a lesbian.

  • OUT50 Palm Beach: Trent Steele – The Pitbull

    Attorney Trent Steele is a legal warrior. Nicknamed ‘the Pitbull,’ Steele has spent more than 25 years at the forefront of legal actions involving LGBT rights in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council board of directors routinely calls upon Steele to assist people victimized by businesses, schools and government.

  • OUT50 The Keys: Dennis Beaver - The Curator

    Dennis Beaver first visited Key West in 1978. He was so taken with the quaint community, he returned to New York, sold his business and moved down. Soon thereafter, he ran into another of the island community’s residents, famed playwright Tennessee Williams.

  • OUT50 The Keys: Laurie Thibaud - The Volunteer

    A bartender at Aqua Nightclub in Key West, Laurie Thibaud has been active in the LGBT community for many years. She has chaired events, including Womenfest, and has assisted with numerous fundraisers for a variety of organizations, raising money for AIDS Help, Breast Cancer Research, Wounded Warriors, the Florida Keys Animal Shelter and the Sister Season Fund, among countless others. Most recently, Thibaud has spent all of her free time volunteering with hurricane recovery efforts in the Keys.

  • OUT50 The Keys: Sushi - The Grand Dame of Drag

    While Gary Marion — known to his fans as Sushi, the Key West drag queen — has spent the better part of the last two decades as the “Grand Dame of Drag” at 801 Cabaret on Duval Street, it’s his New Year’s gig on CNN that made him a household name nationwide.

  • Out50: Astrid Rodriguez

    Astrid Rodriguez Carranza is a Managing Director - Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, which she joined in 1997. Astrid earned her bachelors degree in finance at Barry University. Notably, she is on the board of the Aqua Foundation for Women. This organization supports the LBT community in the South Florida area, and she plays an integral role in the Foundations ability to support its grants, scholarships, and initiatives. 

  • Out50: Barbara Singer & Fran Epstein

    Barbara Signer (not Singer) and her wife Fran Epstein, retired from careers in New York and moved to Florida in 2011. Almost immediately they engaged in a variety of visible causes, political and educational, including Democratic Party programs, the Point Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Our Fund and Equality Florida, to name a few of the 26 programs listed on their combined resumes. 

  • Out50: Carson Graham

    Carson Graham was born April 11, 1993 in Pembroke Pines. By age 2, he knew there was something different about him.  When he was 19, he came out to his mother who threw him out of his home. His father was Jamaican and had died a few years earlier; he was surprised that his Jamaican family members were more supportive than his mother.

  • Out50: Clarence Brooks

    Clarence Brooks said that he started dancing by accident.

  • Out50: Daisy Deadpetals

    Daisy Deadpetals is in full bloom this spring. The veteran drag queen puts on a show at Rumors, Lips, Boardwalk, and Camelot. Making people laugh keeps her inspired. 

  • Out50: Damian Pardo

    Damian Pardo’s professional resume is impressive to say the least. He is vice president at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, but also serves as chair of 4Ward Miami —the non-profit organization which hosts the Gay8 Festival. True leadership is exemplified in the roles Pardo plays beyond his own professional duties. As co-founder of the Gay8 festival, Damian is proud of what it has accomplished in a few short years. 

  • Out50: Daniel Tilley

    Daniel Tilley has certainly taken action in his career.

  • Out50: David Thall

    Treating others with care is in David Thall’s pedigree.

  • Out50: Doug Pew

    Doug Pew got involved in South Florida’s gay choral movement thanks to his partner, Don Croxton. Croxton was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus for several years and was among a dozen men who organized The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida in the summer of 2010. 

  • Out50: Dr. Ana Puga & Requel Lopes

    Years ago, treating people with HIV brought Drs. Ana Puga and Requel Lopes together.  At the time, Dr. Puga referred her patients to Lopes for acupuncture. But that was then. 

  • Out50: Dr. David Warner

    As the owner of Island City Smiles, David Warner said “attention to detail” is what separates his practice from others.

  • Out50: Dr. Russell Sassani

    Dr. Russell Sassani, board-certified plastic surgeon, was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. After completing his general surgery and plastic surgery training at Penn in Philadelphia he came to Florida in 1994 to do further fellowship training in Craniofacial surgery at the University of Miami as well as an Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship. He fell in love with Florida and joined a practice here.

  • Out50: Dylan Brooks

    Dylan Brooks is a voice for the voiceless, but he’s no cliché 

  • Out50: G Wright Muir

    Ghenete “G” Wright Muir said she felt she was living a double life” during her marriage to a man. Years into her marriage, she realized she was a lesbian.

  • Out50: Haye Moon

    “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Haye Moon, thinking back to when it became crystal clear being binary was not in the cards.