Diversity Honors, the annual benefit for the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Saturday, October 9, to recognize those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusivity.
This year’s award recipients include acting legend and philanthropist Julie Newmar, who will receive the DMK Harvey Milk Foundation Icon Award; social influencer Brian Christopher, who will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Visibility Medal; Lithuanian filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas, who will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation LGBTQ Champion Award; and Visit Lauderdale, which will receive The Pride Center at Equality Park Alan Schubert Award.
Additionally, outstanding members of the community will receive Diversity Honors Awards, like trailblazing transgender activist Gina Duncan, attorney and activist Shenika “Nik” Harris, executive eirector for Legal Aid Service of Broward County Anthony J. Karrat, and entrepreneur Linda Rae.
The evening will commence with mandatory COVID-19 rapid testing at 4 p.m., followed by the U.S. theatrical premiere of director Zabarauskas’ film Advokatas (The Lawyer) and subsequent Q&A with the director. An elegant cocktail reception featuring the popular “balloon pop” and a raffle of luxury items will kicks off at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner and awards presentation, with live entertainment by Company B (“Fascinated”). The special event will be emceed by WPLG news anchor Jacey Birch, with awards presented by Stuart Milk, the co-founder and board president of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
“DiversityHonors was founded on one of Harvey Milk’s basic principles, namely, that we must encourage and celebrate visibility and authenticity so the world can know us and accept us. This is our goal in honoring local people and institutions as well as from all over the globe,” said Miriam Richter, a director of the Harvey Milk Foundation. “This year, we are excited to be able to honor the iconic actress and longtime LGBTQ+ supporter Julie Newmar, Brian Christopher, an important gaming influencer who is always proudly authentic in his work, and Romas Zabarauskas, a major out-and-authentic film director from Lithuania who always brings LGBTQ+ themes to his work.”
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