LGBTQ Performing Arts Leaders

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Broward County has a rich and active arts community, with far more viable LGBT organizations than you might expect from a population of about a half-million people (many of whom are not full-time residents).

Fort Lauderdale has a population of less than 200,000, add in the surrounding cities such as Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Pompano, etc., and you might be able to reach a quarter-million. Yet we have six established LGBT theater companies, an almost equal number in the initial stages of development, and a thriving gay men’s chorus. For this article, we only focused on LGBT performing arts, there is also staunch support for visual arts and writers.

It takes true dedication to lead any non-profit organization, but that is especially true when it comes to LGBT Arts Organizations at a time when the community is under attack by right-wing forces. These leaders have shown true courage and drive in founding and/or leading LGBT-driven arts groups battling not only the conservative pundits and politicians but also the challenges of finding funding, community support, and sometimes, even a home. We asked more than a dozen leaders of arts and funding organizations to be part of our profiles. Here are the responses of those who replied.

Artistic Icon: Larry Buzzeo

Artistic Icon: Mark Gilbert

Artistic Icon: Robert Kesten

Artistic Icon: Andy Rogow

Artistic Icon: Gabe Salazar

Artistic Icon: Nicole Stodard

Artistic Icon: Carol Wartenberg

Artistic Icon: G. Wright Muir

Artistic Icon: Zaylin Yates

Artistic Icon: David Jobin



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