We're proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year and are asking our supporters to help us identify a People's Champion of Equality to honor for their years of devotion to equality and the LGBTQ movement in South Florida.
The winner will be announced at the Champions of Equality Gala on Friday, June 8th, 7pm - 12am.
LYNARE ROBBINSLynare is a freelance journalist and human rights advocate who has been actively involved in advocating for LGBTQ equality for many years. Lynare is a U.S. Navy Veteran who believes in service to the community and has volunteered with numerous LGBTQ organizations in the community, such as the OUTShine Film Festival, Aqua Foundation, SAGE, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Gay8 Festival and SAVE's Community Political Candidate Endorsement Panel. Lynare serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Global Ties Miami, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. State Department that coordinates international cultural and business exchange programs to promote diplomatic relations. She is the Development Manager for 4Ward Miami, and is directing one of its enterprises, the ImpactOUT International Initiative, which advocates for LGBTQ equality and human rights locally and internationally.
NADINE SMITHNadine is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then-President Clinton - the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.
ROBIN SCHWARTZRobin is one of the founders of Aqua Foundation for Women. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Executive Director and has recently come back as Managing Director. In addition, Robin is a well respected Mortgage Loan Originator at Caliber Home Loans and volunteers as Chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach and a committee member of the GLBT Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation.
VICTOR GIMENEZVictor brought his twenty years of project management and business development experience from the construction industry to the OUTshine Film Festival. Under Victor's leadership the Festival has increased its reserves by 225%, successfully rebranded under the OUTshine name, and increased attendance at both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Editions year after year. Victor has also expanded the Festival's outreach through collaborative endeavors with Artopia, Superfine! Art Festival, and the Bass Museum among others, as well as inaugurated a Social Justice Program for 2018.