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Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus honored by Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Friday night, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival honored me with its 2014 Angel Award.

Here are my "thank you" remarks delivered at a sold-out opening night screening at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach:

"Thank you … for help keeping me employed the past 16 years.

And in all these years, it’s never been boring. (We just won’t talk about The Picture of Dorian Gray.)

Last August, when Carol Coombes returned, I wrote about the merry-go-round known as the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

I’m happy to report that nine months later -- thanks to Carol, Mark Gilbert and all the festival volunteers -- this fabulous carousel is still going ‘round. Congratulations.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my husband, Ric Katz, himself a longtime supporter of this festival.

From the beginning when Robbie Rosenberg founded this festival, I’ve documented its politics, its players and, sometimes, even the movies themselves.

I’ve told the stories of Desmond Child and Curtis Shaw, Father John McNeill, Chely Wright and Mary Ward. This week, I will profile a few of the drag queens of South Beach.

I began covering LGBT issues a year before the 1998 festival.

Back then, co-workers warned me that I could wreck my career and hit a professional glass ceiling.

But the world has changed and you helped change it. We’re a coveted demographic and I’m now told that my beat is my value at the Miami Herald.

This year, I actually became a filmmaker, part of a Miami Herald team that produced The Day It Snowed In Miami, which premiered in this very theater on March 4th.

Many of you were here that night and some of you were also featured in our documentary about South Florida’s role in the modern gay-rights movement.

I thank you all for your relentless hard work, the time, the money you’ve donated through the years and for sharing your life experiences with me and our community.

Once again, thank you. Enjoy tonight’s film and the rest of this year’s festival."

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