Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma González and civil-rights activist and organized-labor icon Dolores Huerta are among those being celebrated at the annual Diversity Honors on Friday, April 27, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.
The fourth annual celebration of “authenticity, leadership and courage” is a collaboration between the Harvey Milk Foundation, the Pride Center at Equality Park and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Other recipients of 2018 Diversity Honors awards include Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, WSVN anchor Craig Stevens, state Rep. David Richardson and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance.
Hosted by WSVN’s Lynn Martinez, the event will include former “American Idol” contestant LaToya London, drag performers Daisy Deadpetals and Athena Dion, music from DJ Kidd Madonny, food stations and an open bar. Tickets cost $200 at DiversityHonors.com, with proceeds dedicated to the Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center.
The 18-year-old González has been a prominent voice and organizer in the MSD students’ influential movement against gun violence inspired by the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas and a leader in the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
González will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Milan Rozsa Youth Award, named for the Hungarian LGBT activist who once scaled the fence of the Russian embassy in Budapest to protest the Kremlin’s repressive policies toward gays. Rozsa died in 2014 after he was hit by a train.
The 88-year-old Huerta, a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, was a co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers of America labor union.
More than 500 people attended last year’s Diversity Honors, which raised more than $80,000.