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Meet Zvi Howard Rosenman, JQ’s 2017 Trailblazer Award Honoree

The importance of kids and young adults having a positive role model to look up to is something this year’s Trail Blazer Award honoree Zvi Howard Rosenman believes is crucial, specifically in the LGBTQ community.

“When I was a kid, to grow up gay and Jewish was anathema,” said Rosenman, “It is so important to be proud of who I am, so even a kid in Idaho can look me up and see I am a successful, respected, gay, Jewish producer in Hollywood.”

As a producer, writer, and actor, Rosenman has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry with films such as Milk, Sparkle, Lazy Eye and more. For Rosenman, representing the LGBTQ Jewish community in film and television is more than just his passion, but also his way of spreading a message of inclusion to the world.

“I’ve made five documentaries, three of which had gay content. I’ve made five movies that have gay content. I’m out there. So whatever you can do to further inclusion, do it,” Rosenman said. His newest film, Call Me by Your Name, is a gay love story about a Jewish family in Milan and was the number one movie at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
(L to R) Howard Rosenman, Todd Shotz, Melanie Mayron and LeeAnne Matusek.

In addition to paving the way for the LGBTQ Jewish community in the Entertainment industry, Rosenman is also involved in several non-profit organizations, including Project Angel Food which was started in 1989. Although his humanitarian work goes beyond his support for JQ International, Rosenman believes the people of JQ are the true trailblazers.

“I think everyone at JQ International is a trailblazer,” said Rosenman, “They have created an organization that is so welcoming and so inclusive that LGBTQ people attending events are bringing their parents with them, especially in the Persian community. So now parents are joining this group and it’s creating inclusion and tolerance at an even more rapid pace. That’s what we have to strive for. So really all the people involved in JQ are the trailblazers, not me.”

Erin Faith Wilson
JQ International Contributing Writer

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