James G. Pepper
2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award Recipient
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present activist and philanthropic leader James G. Pepper with the 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Pepper has been a key figure in the equality movement for over 40 years. He played a major role in creating awareness of the significant impact of HIV/AIDS in the 1980’s and served in leadership positions at Lambda Legal and New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. He co-founded Stonewall Community Foundation, the LGBT public charity of New York City. Pepper supports numerous South Florida LGBT service organizations.
Affectionately called the “Godfather of Philanthropy,” he is credited with inspiring many community leaders and activists in the art of giving. 2014 Miami Recognition Dinner Co-Chairs Josue Santiago and Bradley Carlson consider Pepper a mentor, crediting him for the leadership roles both have taken in the LGBT fundraising community.
2014 National Leadership Award Recipient
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present activist Kristin Beck with the 2014 National Leadership Award. Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck, is known to be the first transgender U.S. Navy SEAL. A retired Navy SEAL, after twenty years of exceptionally meritorious service, Kristin Beck is now a passionate civil rights activist with a focus on LGBT equality in the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to being a spokesperson for The 296 Project, a nonprofit Veteran therapy organization, Beck also serves as a board member of the Military Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit organization working on issues affecting LGBT service members in U.S. Armed Forces. She was recently the subject of the highly acclaimed CNN Films’ “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,” a documentary film chronicling her journey as a transgender woman.