• Lorenzo Robertson – The Black Activist

    Being visible in a community often marginalized is an integral part of leadership.

  • Luigi Ferrer - The HIV/AIDS Rights Activist

    HIV/ AIDS and bisexual rights activist Luigi Ferrer began his career as a marine biologist, but as he notes “after being diagnosed with HIV in 1985, the bottom of the ocean no longer seemed that relevant.”

  • Luiz Rodrigues - The Environmentalist

    For nearly 14 years, Luiz Rodrigues has been Executive Director for the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB).

  • Mark Budwig - The Community Supporter

    Mark Budwig is so involved in the local LGBT community he’s practically a local celebrity.

  • Mark Kent – The Chorus Executive

    Mark Kent is passionate about the arts.

  • Mark Silver – The Jeweler

    As a resident of South Florida, Mark Silver is appreciative to live in an area that is so welcoming of LGBT individuals. As the owner of Argenti Jewelers in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, he sometimes gets customers from other areas of the country who remind him that not every place is so LGBT-friendly.

  • Marsharee Chronicle - The Program Specialist

    Marsharee Chronicle holds the position of Chief Program Officer at Compass Gay and Lesbian Community Center where she has worked in a variety of very visible roles for the past ten years.

  • Melissa St. John - The Female Impersonator

    West Palm Beach native, Melissa St. John is well known by her drag name to gay and straight alike throughout South Florida and beyond.

  • Meredith Ockman – Leading the Way for Women

    As the Vice President of the Florida National Organization for Women (NOW), Meredith Ockman has not only helped the voice of the women’s movement, but also of the LGBT movement.

  • Michael C. Gongora - Hispanic, Gay and Elected

    Michael C. Gongora was the first openly gay Hispanic commissioner in Florida to be elected to any public office. In addition, Gongora was the first openly gay person to win an election to public office in the City of Miami Beach, despite a negative campaign against him. Currently, he is an attorney with the Coral Gables law firm, Becker & Poliakoff.  He’s a Miami native and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School Law.  

  • Michael McKeever — Playwright/Actor

    Michael McKeever is truly the renaissance man of South Florida theater. His plays, filled with “wit, insight and a healthy dose of his quirky sense of humor,” have been performed across the United States, Europe and Russia.

  • Michael Murphy - The Photographer

    Michael Murphy is a second generation native South Floridian. Born in Miami, he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1969.

  • Michael Rajner - Activist Extraordinaire

    Michael Emanuel Rajner’s coming out process began in Los Angeles as a twenty-something conservative.

  • Mike Silver - Out & Proud in Uniform

    As a detective assigned to the Special Victims Unit of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, Officer Mike Silver’s passion for investigating crimes against the vulnerable and defenseless means working long hours and being on call and able to respond at any time of the day and night.

  • Mimi Planas – The Republican

    Mimi Planas is a native daughter of Miami. She is of Cuban descent and works full time at Dolphin Products, a company devoted to manufacturing apparel designed to protect workers in the hazardous pharmaceutical, industrial and food industries. It’s an important responsibility but, according to Planas, the most important position she holds, by far, is mom to her 9-year-old son Aidan. In addition to Aiden Planas lives with her wife and her 88 year old mother.

  • Miriam Richter - Attorney & Activist

    When Miriam Richter first became (2011) an LGBT advocate — a title she prefers to activist — she was known as a trademark attorney who concentrated her practice on intellectual property matters.

  • Nate Klarfeld - The Fundraiser

    In five years, Nate Klarfeld hopes to spend more time with his husband and two grandchildren. But for now, he’s helping raise awareness about the LGBT community in Broward County.

  • Nick Berry - The Restaurateur

    Meld together a business owner, leader, and philanthropist and you have Nick Berry. Perhaps best known for being the co-owner of Wilton Manors Courtyard Cafe and owner of Rumors.

  • Nicole Waters - The Businesswoman

    Nicole Waters has been in South Florida for 18 years. She’s basically a native, and one that has helped the local LGBT community tremendously.

  • Nikki Adams - A South Florida Legend

    Nikki Adams has been entertaining for the last 37 years. Many of her performances have been to charities that directly support AIDS.