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National LGBTQ Task Force Florida Gala

By Charlotte Robinson, September 22, 2022

The National LGBTQ Task Force will honor LGBTQ+ & gun violence prevention activist X Gonzalez with the Changemaker Award at the 26th Annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala on Saturday October 22nd at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Organizers also announced that Sandra Valls comic, actor, singer, writer & all-around lesbian Latina badass will emcee this year’s gala. Kierra Johnson, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “We are honored to recognize the extraordinary activism of X Gonzalez – they have energized a generation of young people & held to account politicians & policy makers who do far too little to protect us from the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Their leadership in approaching gun violence & other issues at the intersections – as we do at the Task Force – gives their work even more meaning to me as a queer woman of color. Their determination to create change out of heartbreaking tragedy & inspire people to join the fight is the fiercest embodiment of the Changemaker award that I could imagine.” X González (they/them) is a gun-violence prevention activist born & raised in Parkland, Florida who survived the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School shooting.The Changemaker Award is presented each year to an individual or group that embodies the Task Force’s vision for a society where LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves, works to remove barriers for the LGBTQ+ community & is committed to transforming society for future generations. Sandra Valls has hosted the last two virtual National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change conferences & will also emcee the upcoming Creating Change gathering in February 2023. 

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