LAKE WORTH — Tony Plakas, CEO of Compass Community Center, will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation’s Diversity Award on Saturday at the 3rd Annual Diversity Honors.
The ceremony, presented by The Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center at Equality Park, will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale.
Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when in 1977 he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was assassinated shortly after taking office.
This year mark’s the 40th anniversary of Milk’s election.
“I believe that Harvey Milk would be so proud to know our community has come together to impact policy, get openly LGBT people across the country to run for office, opened direct service centers to help those in our community who are in need,” said Plakas, who is celebrating his 20th year with Compass. “And even more stunning, I believe he’d be impressed we did it during an epidemic he never could have imagined – one we thought we’d never be able to fight – and during a political environment that, in many ways, is as dedicated to keeping us down as it was when he was elected 40 years ago.”