Thank you to Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Here’s the festival’s news release delivered Thursday morning:
MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL HONORS JOURNALIST AND LONG-TIME LGBT ADVOCATE STEVE ROTHAUS
MIAMI – February 27, 2014 – Celebrating sixteen years of cinematic excellence, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) will present Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald’s staff writer covering LGBT issues in South Florida, with the 2014 Angel Award in recognition of his 30 years of service to the community. What is expected to be one of the highlights of the 10-day event, the Angel Award will be presented to Rothaus on the festival’s opening night Friday, May 2 at the Colony Theater where the journalist will be acknowledged for his unwavering contributions to the local film and LGBT industries.
“We couldn’t be more excited with this year’s Angel Award, recognizing local journalism-icon Steve Rothaus,” Mark Gilbert, Board Chairman and Interim Executive Director of the MGLFF said. “Not only has Steve supported and fought for the rights of our community but he has also been personally and actively involved in one of his other passions, the film industry.” He also added on a more personal note “Steve was the first member of our community to come on my gay radio show Issues Over The Rainbow in 2002 and I knew right then, what a treasure he was to the LGBT movement. He is truly one of our community’s best friends. “
In 2014, Rothaus co-produced "The Day It Snowed In Miami: A Chronology of the LGBT-Rights Movement," a film documentary presented by Miami Herald Media Company and WPBT2.
In 1985, Steve joined the Miami Herald after majoring in journalism from Florida International University. Rothaus came out at work in 1987 and served five years as a board member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). He founded the association's Newsroom Outreach Project and traveled the country visiting newspapers, television stations and college campuses to discuss gay news coverage and workplace issues.
The award-winning journalist has several accolades to his credit including the 1998 GLAAD Media Award for outstanding newspaper columnist. In 2001, Rothaus was part of a Miami Herald team that shared the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2010 named him Business Person of the Year and Equality Florida presented Steve with its 2012 Voice For Equality award.
“I’m very flattered the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has chosen me to receive its 2014 Angel Award, since 1999 this event has provided our community with lots of drama (and some comedy) both on- and off-screen” Rothaus said. “One of my favorite MGLFF moments was being called –homophobe- by a reader furious over our headline for the Weekend section cover story about the 2003 festival Queer as Film.”
MGLFF runs May 2 through 11, 2014, at venues throughout Miami Beach and Miami.
For more information about the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, presented by HBO Latin America and Miami-Dade County, please visit www.mglff.com.
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About the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF):
One of the earliest, major film festivals on the LGBT circuit, the MGLFF is a critically acclaimed event which will run from May 2 to 11, 2014. Coming into its 16th year, the MGLFF is held annually throughout South Florida in the world-renowned historic South Beach district and throughout Miami-Dade County. The MGLFF is celebrated for its program of feature films, documentaries and short films by, about and of interest to the LGBT community. In 2013, screenings and special events drew nearly 15,000 attendees from greater Miami–Dade, as well as national and international visitors. The MGLFF remains active outside of the film festival to produce the Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival every October and to provide monthly movie screenings throughout the year through its GLOW Miami and 954 GLOW programs. These programs bring year-round advance, archival and educational screenings to movie goers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.