PHOTOS: Equality Florida’s 2019 Tampa Gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Equality Florida held its annual Tampa Gala at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre Feb. 23, highlighting the organization’s fight for statewide equality.

The gathering featured live entertainment, silent and live auctions and honored community champions throughout the evening. John and Nancy Desmond received the 2019 Voice for Equality Award, Prin Ocea received the 2019 Youth Voice for Equality Award, the University of South Florida Office of Multicultural Affairs received the 2019 Partner in Equality Award and Gene Webster-English received the 2019 Community Service Award.  

Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith also delivered the evening’s keynote address. “We have a record of defeating every anti-LGBTQ piece of legislation that’s ever come in front of us since we’ve existed,” she shared with attendees.

“Imagine the place that you want to see, that you deserve to be born into, and that is what you’ve invested in here at Equality Florida – that’s the world that we work every day to create,” Smith continued. “We couldn’t do any of it without you. Thank you all so much for making everything we’ve achieved possible and everything we have yet to achieve imaginable.”

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate—check out some of our photos below.

Photos by Dylan Todd, Russ Martin, Ryan Williams-Jent.

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