Annual Equality Florida Key West Gala | March 25 | The Gardens Hotel

KEY WEST — Brandon Wolf will be the featured speaker at the Equality Florida Key West Gala, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street.

Wolf, who lost two friends in the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy last year, which killed 49 patrons, has dedicated himself to keeping alive their memories and has become a key spokesperson on LGBT justice and equality issues.

Within days of the tragedy, Equality Florida mobilized a record-breaking, $9.2 million fundraising campaign with the promise that every penny would go to the victims and their families.

Equality Florida will also name Key West’s JT Thompson as 2017 Voice for Equality honoree. In 2000, Thompson created the One Human Family logo, which has become the official philosophy of the city, Monroe County and the Conch Republic. More than 2,650,000 stickers and 350,000 wristbands have been distributed worldwide.

The annual Key West Gala raises funds to support LGBT legislative priorities in the state. Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer is expected to deliver Equality Florida’s state of the state address.

This is Equality Florida’s 20th anniversary. During that time, no anti-LGBT state legislation has passed. Besides legislative work, Equality Florida educates for acceptance. In Monroe County for example, Equality Florida is sponsoring an essay contest for middle and high school students.

De Palazzo is the director of equality Florida’s Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative and is working with more than 6000 educators around the state to ensure policies are in place to protect LGBT students and provide an environment where their full potentials may be reached.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. Visit eqfl.org/keywestgala or call (813)870-3735 to make reservations.