Todd Delmay (Photo courtesy of The Pride Chamber)
ORLANDO | The Pride Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ and ally businesses and professionals organization, has named Todd Delmay as the keynote speaker at this year’s Pride in Business Awards & Gala, being held at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando Nov. 4.
“Todd Delmay stands as a powerful icon of LGBTQ+ advocacy and storytelling,” The Pride Chamber wrote in a press release Oct. 9. “His historic journey, along with his spouse, in the fight for marriage equality here in Florida, not only made them the state’s first legally married same-sex couple in 2015 but also took them to the halls of Congress as guests during the State of the Union and to the White House for the historic signing of the Respect for Marriage Act in 2022.”
Delmay is the former chair of Pridelines and current president of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council, as well as the outgoing executive director of The SMART Ride, president of the Dolphin Democrats and the newly appointed executive director of S.A.V.E. In 2022, Delmay ran for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in District 101.
“As we celebrate the progress made in the pursuit of LGBTQ+ rights and equality through economics, I am thrilled that my friends Todd & Jeff Delmay have agreed to grace the Central Florida Community this coming November,” said Daniel H. Sohn, The Pride Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, in a statement. “I have no doubt that Todd’s remarks will enhance our event’s impact and be a source of inspiration at a very turbulent and scary time for many in our state. I cannot think of a more fitting keynote speaker than someone like Todd, who has played such a pivotal role in advancing the cause of equality for all! This is an event you won’t want to miss!”
More information on the event will be released by The Pride Chamber as it gets closer to the event. The 2023 Pride in Business Awards & Gala will honor Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ and ally business owners, professionals and community leaders for community work over the past year.
To purchase tickets, nominate award recipients or for sponsorship opportunities, visit ThePrideChamber.org/Program/Pride-In-Business-Awards.