A good friend talked him out of it. “He said, ‘If I came to your show and you weren’t in drag, it would be like going to Disneyland and finding out that Space Mountain was closed,’” Busch recalls. “I said, ‘Maybe the tea cup ride?’ He said, ‘No, Space Mountain.’”
Proceeds from the Winter Party Festival and its sister event, the Miami Recognition Dinner, support the important work of the National LGBTQ Task Force to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBTQ community in South Florida through grants made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation.
- Miami HeraldGay issues reporter, 1985 - present
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