February 20, 2020
To Honor Local Heroes Equality Florida awards Genece Minshew and The Jacksonville Black Pride Board
Equality Florida will present two leadership awards at its Greater Jacksonville Gala on February 29th from 7:00-10 p.m. We will be hosted by Prudential at their downtown location. Each year, the Equality Florida Greater Jacksonville Gala brings together the area’s political, business, and civic leaders to celebrate and support Equality Florida’s LGBTQ work. This year they will be presenting the Voice for Equality Award to individuals who have made a difference in the local community: Genece Minshew and the Jacksonville Black Pride Board.
The Voice for Equality Award recognizes an individual that has helped move the LGBTQ community closer to full equality. Equality Florida is honored to have the support of these individuals and is excited to present each with a well-deserved award.
Genece is a native Floridian who grew up along the sandy beaches of the east coast of Florida. She became involved in the Women’s Movement in 1975 and her lifelong commitment to social justice began. Most recently, Genece founded and became the first President of Fernandina Beach Pride, was instrumental in getting a Human Rights Ordinance for Fernandina Beach passed and for the second year in a row put forth a Pride Proclamation to the City Council for the month of June. When asked why she is committed to LGBTQ equality, Genece said “Every person deserves to live their authentic lives in communities that acknowledge them with grace, dignity and acceptance. And that is why I continue to work for our rights and our future.”
This year, Jacksonville FL Black Pride (JFBP) is celebrating 21 years of existence. Through that time and specifically this year, the non-profit organization seeks to develop and empower the black LGBTQIA community through events that focus on the cultural needs and biases that may be dissimilar to other racial and ethnic groups. To that end, JFBP has partnered with numerous community agencies, businesses and NGO’s to engage in discussions and activities aimed at elevating the black LGBTQIA community through education, healthcare and safe fun, cultural events.
To find out more about the event or to purchase limited tickets to attend, please visit www.eqfl.org/jacksonvillegala
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. www.equalityflorida.org