Out Live Nation Exec Identified in Florida Condo Building Collapse

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday July 23, 2021

An out music executive has been identified among the victims who died in the tragic condo building collapse in Southside, Florida, Gay City News has reported.

The body of 36-year-old Theresa Velásquez "was found under rubble at the condo on July 8," the GCN article detailed. "The music executive is one of 97 victims who died when the building collapsed, police said."

The Miami Herald reported on Velásquez's death, omitting mention of her being part of the LGBTQ community but offering some specifics about her life, including that Velásquez was "a Live Nation executive who worked in Los Angeles" who "had arrived in Miami the night before the collapse to visit her parents who owned a condo on the third floor."

Velásquez's parents also died in the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South — which reports say occurred June 24 at 1:23 a.m. — when many of the victims had been sleeping.

The Palm Beach Post recalled Velásquez as a local who had made good, "climbing the music-industry ladder from working as a Miami Beach DJ to her most recent role" as a Live Nation executive.

The Post noted that Live Nation paid tribute to Velásquez, saying in a statement that she "was an impassioned leader... who elevated every project she was part of, at the same time breaking down barriers for women and the LGBTQIA+ community."

GCN recalled that Velásquez was included in Billboard's "2020 Pride List," a rundown of 40 "industry-shaping LGBTQ executives" that listed her title as "Senior vp strategic partnerships."

In a brief biographical comment, Velásquez said her "side hustle" was as a DJ, sharing: "Occasionally for Pride month I'll do back-to-back gigs and remember afterward that I'm 35 and don't recover quite the same way."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.