2019 Honorees

2019 Honorees

Meghan McCain
Co-Host of ABC’s The View & Marriage Equality Advocate

The Harvey Milk Foundation Lilla Watson Medal

Meghan McCain is a co-host of ABC’s The View and the daughter of Senator John McCain. Often said to possess the McCain “maverick gene,” Meghan has no qualms saying what is on her mind and brags that she inherited “my dad’s heartburn-inducing ability to say what he thinks.” A powerful voice for women and Republicans, alike, McCain passionately advocates for women’s issues, social issues, and marriage equality. Prior to joining The View, McCain was co-host on the afternoon talk program Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. She was also co-hosting on PivotTV’s late-night news program Take Part Live. McCain was also the creator, executive producer and host of the genre-busting docuseries Raising McCain which also aired on Pivot. An award-winning political blogger, McCain was a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC contributor. A New York Times best-selling author, McCain wrote and published her first book, “Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story” in 2010 followed by a children’s book, both of which were inspired by her time on the campaign trail during her fathers presidential run. McCain’s most recent book, “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom,” recounts the cross-country road trip that she and left-wing comedian Michael Ian Black embarked upon together in 2011.

Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King

The Harvey Milk Foundation Valor Award

Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Valor Award. Both Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King,  openly transgender service members, were two of the panelists who bravely and eloquently testified during the historic congressional hearing on open trans military service on February 27, 2019.


Wilton Manors City Commission

The Pride Center Alan Schubert Award of Excellence

Incorporated in 1953, the City of Wilton Manors in Broward County has grown into a bustling, vibrant LGBT+ hub. Recently named the “Second Gayest City” in the United States, Wilton Manors celebrates a diverse population of approximately 12,000 residents with an all-gay city commission comprised of Mayor Justin S. Flippen, Vice Mayor Tom Green, Commissioner Gary  Resnick,  Commissioner Julie  A. Carson  and  Commissioner Paul  Rolli who  set leadership examples for younger LGBT+ activists and advocates. For the fifth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has awarded Wilton Manors with a perfect score of 100 in the HRC’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). It is also an “MEI All-Star,” receiving a high score in a state without  LGBT+  supportive laws.  The  City of  Wilton  Manors offers shopping,  hip restaurants and bars, a burgeoning arts community and numerous community events, yet still maintains a cozy, community-feeling offering miles of natural waterways perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, and other outdoor activities.

Congressman Ted Deutch

Florida’s 22ndDistrict, House of Representatives

Congressman Ted Deutch represents Florida’s 22nd district in the House of Representatives, home to communities throughout southern Palm Beach County and Broward County. He is proud to represent a significant LGBTQ community, including the city of Wilton Manors.

Prior to running for Congress, Ted served two terms in the Florida State Senate, where in 2008 he helped pass an employment non-discrimination bill through a committee for the first time in Florida’s history. In Washington, he has risen as a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community, both domestically and around the world. He serves as a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force. Ted helped introduce the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act, which would amend the Older Americans Act (OAA) to better represent and serve LGBT seniors. In 2017 he helped push the Department of Health and Human Services to reinstate sexual orientation demographic questions as part of their National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). He is also an original cosponsor of the comprehensive Equality Act to extend federal protections to LGBTQ people.

At 52, Ted has been described as an accessible, down-to-earn advocate for his constituents by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ted is a graduate of University of Michigan and University of Michigan Law School. Ted is the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee.


Phill Wilson

Founder of the Black AIDS Institute

Phill Wilson is the former president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. Prior to its founding, Wilson served as AIDS coordinator for the City of Los Angeles from 1990 to 1993, and director of policy and planning at AIDS Project Los Angeles from 1993 to 1996. He was co-chair of the Los Angeles County HIV Health Commission from 1990 to 1995 and was an appointee to the HRSA AIDS Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1998. He was the coordinator of the International Community Treatment and Science Workshop at the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th International AIDS Conferences in various countries. Wilson was the co-founder of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention. He has been involved in the founding of numerous AIDS service organizations including the Chris Brownlie Hospice, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the National Minority AIDS Council. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1994 World AIDS Summit in Paris, and has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS policy, research, prevention, and treatment issues across the globe. The Ford Foundation named Wilson one of the 20 award recipients for the Leadership for a Changing World, in 2001. A published author, Wilson is a Discovery Health Channel Medical Honoree and was named one of the “2005 Black History Makers in the Making” by Black Entertainment Television.


Tony Lima

Executive Director, SAVE

As executive director of  SAVE,  Florida’s longest-serving  LGBTQ  advocacy organization, Antonio “Tony” Lima, has become an internationally recognized leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Under his guidance, SAVE has secured the most significant wins towards LGBTQ equality in the organization’s 25-year history. In 2016, SAVE was nationally recognized in both the journal Science and The New York Times for its groundbreaking prejudice reduction work for transgender equality. The year prior, SAVE successfully sued the state of Florida to legalize same-sex marriage, and in 2014, SAVE passed comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals at the Miami-Dade County Commission. In 2012, Lima was named “Top Latino Leader” by Latino Leaders magazine and the following year he was recognized as a “Top 20 Under 40” by Brickell magazine. Lima received the “Pink Flamingo Award” for “Best Activist” from the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. South Florida Gay News recognized Lima as the “Best Activist” in South Florida for 2015, 2017 and 2018. Also, in 2018, he received the Trans Latina Coalition Ally Award, and the Miami Dolphins honored him with the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.