“We met at the opera one day, at the restaurant next door to the opera house, Miami Dade County Auditorium, and we knew within like three seconds of meeting each other that this was it,” said Haller, 57. “Lee is a diva and this is what a diva wants. A diva wants all the attention, and look at him up there. He’s 92 going on 19.”
Miami Herald staff writer Steve Rothaus covers LGBT issues in South Florida. Steve joined The Herald in 1985, while a journalism major at Florida International University.
He 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.
Steve won the 1998 GLAAD Media Award for outstanding newspaper columnist.
In 2001, Steve 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.
Equality Florida presented Steve with its 2012 Voice For Equality award.
In 2014, Steve 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.
Steve and public relations executive Ric Katz, partners since 1985, live in Miami. They married Feb. 14, 2014, in New York City on their 29th anniversary.
- Florida International University1987