After a long-term career in banking Ed retired from Wachovia Bank to devote more time to LGBT causes. His activism in the community began in the mid-80’s when many of his friends were lost to the AIDS epidemic. Ed was one of the first board members of the Bay Area AIDS Consortium and later the Tampa Bay Aids Network (TAN) and headed up TAN’s annual giving programs and initiated fund-raisers such as TAN’s White Party and Life Dance. Recently recognized in Watermark Magazine as “The Constant Fundraiser,” Ed has raised over $2,000,000.00 for various LGBT organizations over the years. He has also been active in the political fundraising campaigns for candidates that support LGBT rights and was a big brother in Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for several years. Ed retired two years ago from his second career as Equality Florida’s Central Florida Development Manager.
Ed has been supporting the festival since its inception as a patron and supporter. He has previously served as vice president of the board for two years and has been chairing the festival’s Launch Party for more than 10 years.
A Louisville native, Ed attended University of Kentucky and University of Louisville and relocated to Tampa in 1979. He and his husband, Phil Dinkins have been together 40 years and were married in Canada in 2003, and now reside in St Petersburg FL.
Returning Board Member as of 12/2017