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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KCET

2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KCET


As part of Union Bank's ongoing Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Local Heroes Awards honoring five outstanding individuals for their exemplary dedication and service to the community.

Over the past 14 years, Union Bank, in partnership with public television station KCET, has formally recognized over one hundred local heroes from diverse communities throughout Southern California. Throughout the month of June, the station will broadcast video profiles of the remarkable honorees during our month-long commemoration of LGBT Pride Month.

Congratulations to our 2011 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes.


DAVID_DAMIAN_FIGUEROA.jpg     David Damian Figueroa 
     Vice President, Strategic Development & Communications
     MALDEF

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David Damian Figueroa is the vice president of strategic development and communications for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization. He helped launch the AARP’s Segunda Juventud bilingual magazine in Los Angeles and has also played an influential role in connecting celebrities to non-profit organizations.


ALEX_H_FUKUI.jpg      Alex H. Fukui 
      API Equality-LA 
      Gay Asian Pacific Support Network 

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Alex H. Fukui has been an advocate in the fight for equality for LGBT communities, especially the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, for nearly 20 years. He is a founding steering committee member of API Equality-LA and currently serves as the co-chair of the organization’s Faith Committee.


JAMES_W_GILLIAM.jpg      James Gilliam 
      Deputy Executive Director
      ACLU of Southern California

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James Gilliam is an attorney and longtime activist for the LGBT community. He is currently the deputy executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC), where he also heads the LGBT Rights Project.  Mr. Gilliam has published several articles addressing LGBT issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, and co-chair of the Sexual Orientation Bias Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


KARINA_SAMALA.jpg      Karina Samala 
      Chair 
      Transgender Advisory Board
      City of West Hollywood 

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Karina Samala has been actively involved in campaigning for equal rights for the entire LGBT community for more than 25 years. Ms. Samala is currently chairperson for the Transgender Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood. She has served as chairperson for the City of Los Angeles Human Services Commission’s Transgender Working Group, and Christopher Street West. Ms. Samala has also been on the board of the County of Los Angeles Sherriff’s GLBT Advisory Council, the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood, and the Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council.


MARQUITA_THOMAS.jpg      Marquita Thomas  
      President 
      Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian
      Chamber of Commerce  

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Marquita Thomas is the president of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Thomas is also the founder of Out & About Events for Women. Since creating the organization in 2002, she has been involved in the promotion of many events for the lesbian community. She also created the Serafemme Queer Women of Color Music Festival and is an active member of the Lesbian Visibility Committee, having spoken and emceed the organization’s Dyke March. In 2009, Ms. Thomas realized one of her dreams by launching Serafemme Magazine, a publication specifically tailored to lesbian women of color.
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KQED

2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KQED


As part of Union Bank’s Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the LGBT community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KQED. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month programming from June 1 through 31.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:


SELISSE_BERRY.JPG     Selisse Berry
     Founding Executive Director
     Out & Equal Workplace Advocates    

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Selisse Berry is the founding executive director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for LGBT employees. She has helped the organization grow 1,200 percent since 1999, and it now has seventeen regional affiliates in the U.S. as well as strong ties with international partners. Ms. Berry helped create  the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Executive Forum, Town Hall seminars, an LGBT CareerLink Web site connecting job seekers with LGBT-friendly companies, and the nation’s largest registry of LGBT Employee Resource Groups.  She has a master's degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary.


ED_DECKER.JPG      Ed Decker
      Founding Artistic Director
      The New Conservatory Theatre Center 

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Ed Decker is the founding artistic director of The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), whose mission is to champion innovative, quality theatre experiences for youth, adults and artists to affect growth, enlightenment and change.  The NCTC’s programs include Pride Season, which promotes the exploration of social issues and the development of community and diversity, and the groundbreaking YouthAware touring program that educates youth about challenging issues. Since 1981, Mr. Decker has produced and/or directed more than 500 plays, musicals and special events for NCTC.  Mr. Decker is a recipient of the STOP AIDS award for the YouthAware HIV education programs and is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Arts Excellence Award.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State University..


MAX_PHILIP.jpg      Max Philp
      Co-President
      Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Menlo-Atherton High School 

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Max Philp has a passion for activism that began with an internship at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB’s Vote for Equality. Returning to the Bay Area, he was elected co-president of his high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club and helped transform the club into one of the most prominent clubs on campus.  He was also selected to be part of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network’s Northern California Youth Council and has become a trainer to help youth throughout Northern California better their local clubs. Mr. Philp has participated in various events and groups that empower and educate youth, such as the Steering Committee for the Youth Empowerment Summit and the PRIDE Initiative for San Mateo County.  Appearing in the media on multiple occasions, Mr. Philp has had the unique opportunity to spread his message to people throughout the Bay Area.


MIKE_SMITH.JPG      Michael Smith
      Executive Director
      AIDS Emergency Fund & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund 

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Michael Smith is the executive director of the AIDS Emergency Fund & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (AEF & BCEF), agencies that help people disabled by HIV/AIDS or breast cancer pay their bills. He is also president of the HIV/AIDS Provider Network, representing all San Francisco-based HIV agencies that received city funding. Mr. Smith is the co-founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and served as managing director from 1987 to 1989. He returned in 1996 to produce the last full-scale display of the Quilt in Washington, D.C. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KPBS

2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KPBS


As part of Union Bank’s Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the LGBT community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 13th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month programming from June 1 through 31.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:


DELORES_JACOBS.jpg     Delores A. Jacobs
     CEO 
     The San Diego LGBT Community Center

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Delores A. Jacobs, Ph. D., is the chief executive officer of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, one of the oldest, largest LGBT community centers in the country. Dr. Jacobs is a trained psychologist who has devoted considerable time and talent to training and education efforts in the public health and non-profit sectors. Dr. Jacobs participates in the San Diego LGBT Leadership Council, the Advisory Board for the University of San Diego’s Non-Profit Leadership and Management Program, and the county of San Diego’s HIV Planning Council. She has been honored for her dedication, commitment and leadership by several organizations, including the San Diego YMCA and AIDS Walk San Diego. She has also received LEAD San Diego‘s Visionary Award for Diversity and commendations from U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis and San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins.


NICOLE_MURRAY-RAMIREZ.jpg     Nicole Murray-Ramirez
     San Diego City Commissioner
     National Co-Chair, Harvey Milk Foundation

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San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez has been a Latino and gay activist for more than 40 years. He is a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council, one of the oldest and largest predominantly gay organizations in the world with chapters in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Murray-Ramirez is also serving a four year term on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He has served as a board member of the Human Rights Campaign, national chair of National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGO), national chair of Stonewall 25 and state chair of Equality California. Mr. Murray-Ramirez is the only gay activist in the country who has been elected to all four national boards of the LGBT marches on Washington, D.C.
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