Joseph L. Falk
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present activist and civic leader Joseph L. Falk with the 2013 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Falk is secretary and a board member of the National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and tirelessly supports the organization’s mission to increase the number of LGBT elected and appointed officials. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of SAVE Dade, a Miami-based LGBT political and equal rights organization. In addition, he was the national co-chair of the Obama for America LGBT Leadership Council.
A strong advocate for finance industry reform, Falk was instrumental in the introduction of a national standard for loan officer professionalism, urged Congress to consider the legislation originally introduced in 2004 and celebrated its passage into law in 2008. He has also testified in Congress on other matters to improve the regulatory structure governing the mortgage industry.
Falk is also active in South Florida’s arts community. He is the long-serving vice chair of the board of the Miami Science Museum and is the current capital campaign committee chairman. The Miami Science Museum is currently building a $300-million new home in Museum Park in downtown Miami. Falk is also a board member with the Bakehouse Art Complex and was president and board member of Beth David Jewish Congregation. He is currently a policy consultant with the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present actor, author and social justice activist George Takei with the 2013 National Leadership Award. Takei has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek and six subsequent Star Trek feature films.
Takei has used his unmistakable baritone in several satiric PSAs, including one in response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that encourages viewers to say, “It’s OK to be Takei.”
He was a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project and in 2006 embarked on “Equality Trek,” a nationwide speaking tour in which he talked about his life as a gay Japanese-American.
He married his life partner of more than 25 years, Brad Takei, in 2008. In 2009, George and Brad made television history when they became the first gay couple to be invited to appear on The Newlywed Game. They won the game, earning a $10,000 donation for the Japanese American National Museum. In 2012, he starred in a performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play, ’8,’ a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California’s Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage.
His current projects include the musical Allegiance, drawn from his experience of growing up in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, and the recently published, Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet.
For more information on George Takei, please visit www.georgetakei.com.