The Equality Florida Institute will honor Richard Blanco and Robert Loupo with the Voice for Equality Award, and will present David Bloom with the Service and Leadership Award at the organization’s annual Miami Gala at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach on Sunday, March 17. The three honorees will be recognized for their steadfast support of South Florida’s LGBT community. “Our honorees have led the way in their respective fields as pioneers in giving voice and visibility to the LGBT community,” said Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida. Blanco became a champion of the LGBT community when he was chosen by President Barack Obama to be his inaugural poet making him the first openly gay person, the first immigrant, the first Latino, and the youngest U.S. inaugural poet. Luopo is the co-founder and executive director of Safe Schools South Florida, and is widely recognized as an unwavering advocate for LGBT students, as well as a pioneer in the movement to end the culture of bullying in our schools. Bloom also organized the first gay parenting event in Miami.