The Dolphin Democrats are South Florida’s oldest, largest and most successful LGBT political organization. Founded in 1982 by Karl Clark, Tom Bradshaw, Jamie Bloodworth and other activists, the Dolphins have made Broward County the most gay-friendly county in a still-homophobic state. Thanks to Dolphin leadership, Broward has both an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance and a domestic partners law. Friendly politicians on both the state and local levels owe their success to the votes, money and volunteer labor of the Dolphin members. Gay activist-politicians like Dean Trantalis, Ken Keechl and Justin Flippen have used the Dolphins as a launching pad for their political careers; and our community has been the better for it. I have been a member of the Dolphin Democrats since the early days and have nothing but affection and respect for the women and men who lead that organization.
Jesse Monteagudo is a regular contributor to White Crane and the GayWisdom blog.