Adam will be the first out LGBTQ person elected to the state legislature from the Florida Keys!
Adam Gentle’s twenty-year career has spanned the globe, where he has interacted with, and worked hand-in-hand with people from many cultures and countries. He began his professional career when, days after graduating from high school in Essexville, Michigan, he moved to Los Angeles, California with a half-full suitcase and a few dollars in his pocket. While in L.A., Adam performed with The Young Americans—a charitable organization that fosters understanding and goodwill throughout the world through music, dance, performance, education, and cultural interaction. Years later, interested in the intersection of art and business, he joined the Broadway Asia Company, where he worked with musical theater producers in the US to adapt musicals for the Asian market. It was through this opportunity that he served as a delegate to the International Society for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the Performing Arts Market in Seoul. After a decade, Adam wanted to do more–to give more. Adam went back to school studying at Columbia University, graduating with honors. While there, Adam joined Columbia’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability in Amman, Jordan. It was there, working hand in hand with local leaders and scholars he explored 21st-century solutions to environmental challenges. Later, Adam graduated as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar from George Washington University Law School. After graduation, Adam dove headfirst into legal work, where he has represented low-income renters facing unjust evictions. Adam stood by his clients representing tenant’s rights in lawsuits against slumlords and uncovering corporate corruption that keeps ordinary people from getting ahead. As an anti-corruption lawyer, Adam’s legal career was focused on investigating and rooting out corruption. In addition, with partners from his law firm, he contributed to an amicus brief on Juvenile Sentencing Reform on a case before the Supreme Court of the United States and participated in other pro bono projects focused on protecting children, the elderly, and the LGTBQ+ community (www.homelessyouth.org/en/us/florida/lgbtq). Adam enjoys running and hitting the gym to stay fit physically and mentally healthy. While working out west, Adam ran the Honolulu Marathon to raise funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Adam shares his life with his husband Matheus, and his Yorkie Oliver.