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Glam With A Cause Comes To Hard Rock

Glam With A Cause Comes To Hard Rock

It was a glamorous night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Friday night as the stars of South Florida’s LGBT scene came out to celebrate diversity.

Organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation in cooperation with Pride Center at EqualityPark, the evening honored those taking bold steps in allowing every section of society a place at the table.

SFGN_DiversityHonors_WEBStuart Milk, taking the podium for his late uncle Harvey, said the Milk Foundation’s message is visibility.

“We must be visible,” Milk said. “If we are not visible, we will not be included and if we are not visible and authentic then we will not be able to fulfill our true potential.”

Milk, who had a lot of stage time on Friday, paid special recognition to a group from Russia who he said were “brilliantly claiming their authenticity against tremendous societal pressure not to.” Milk said he had the privilege of working with the Russian LGBT network on the ground in Belarus and Ukraine. The group was one of many tables inside the Hard Rock decorated with guitars under low neon lights. To promote a new partnership with the Levi Strauss Company, live models wearing the popular garments were placed in boxes around the event.

Honorees for the evening included Celina Jaitly, from India, who accepted her award in memory of a magazine editor and his friend — murdered last month in Bangladesh.

“Around the world our LGBT brothers and sisters remain at risk,” Jaitly said. “In 76 countries it is still a criminal offense to be gay. Every year, thousands of people are killed or badly hurt in hate crimes.”

Jaitly, who referred to her privileged background when speaking to the audience, said she hopes to be of “use” in her home country to decriminalize the status of simply being gay.

“You have to be the change that you want to see,” said Jaitly, describing her passion for LGBT rights.

Jaitly praised the work of the United Nations Free & Equal Council and condemned the killings of the Bangladesh activists.

Elsewhere in the program, local honorees included Enbar Cohen, a lesbian commissioner in Aventura, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, Hotspots Media Group Publisher Peter Clark, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge David Young, West Palm Beach attorney Rae Franks, fertility doctor Mark Denker and transgender youth Ryland Whittington. Last year SFGN publisher Norm Kent received a lifetime achievement award for his activism at the event.

Daisy Deadpetals opened the program with an elaborate entrance set to the 80s tune

“Vogue” by Madonna. Deadpetals was carried into the ballroom on a throne by four strong men.

Dress for the evening was black tie optional with a seated dinner which marked the second year Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood hosted this event.

“We are very humbled to play host,” said Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events at the location.

Tony Award winner Levi Kreis, who donated his time for the event, closed the program on the piano.

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