The Tampa branch of Equality Florida presented its annual Corporate Voice of Equality award to the Tampa Bay Times during a benefit Saturday at the Italian Club in Ybor City.
In presenting the award, Realtor Charlie Hounchell called the Times a progressive voice for civil rights and human dignity. The award was accepted by Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co.
Tampa resident Keith Roberts received the Individual Voice of Equality award for leading efforts to pass human rights ordinances in the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County. He also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 1989.
A third honor, the Equality Means Business Award, given for the first time, went to the GaYbor District Coalition. It was accepted by coalition president Carrie West.
Equality Florida is a civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.