The National LGBTQ Task Force and the 2015 Miami Recognition Dinner Event Committee are proud to announce that Miami-Dade community leader Juan Bosco Talavera will receive the 2015 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at this year’s gala on Saturday, October 24.
Juan has devoted more than 20 years of his life to serving the LGBTQ community. He’s volunteered, raised funds and served in leadership roles as a committee or Board member with numerous South Florida organizations including SAVE, the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Pridelines Youth Services, Health Crisis Network and People with AIDS Coalition. He’s also a founding board member of the new OUT Miami Foundation.
Soon after he began volunteering for SAVE, Juan joined the SAVE Board of Directors and worked tirelessly on the campaign to pass the Dade County Human Rights Ordinance. He later became board chair, and in that role he coordinated the annual Halloween party, co-founded the Champions of Equality Awards (of which he is also a proud recipient) and the Guardian Society three of SAVE’s signature events. During his tenure SAVE secured the passage of legislation to provide domestic partners benefits to employees in Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and other municipalities, as well as the addition of transgender protection to the Miami and Miami Beach human rights ordinances.
Juan and his husband, Jeff Ronci, were among the first couples to get their marriage license when the stay on same-sex unions was lifted in Florida. They were plaintiffs in an ACLU lawsuit challenging Amendment 2 back in 2005.
More information about the Dinner will be available soon.