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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KCET

2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KCET

As part of the Union Bank 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.

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Ivy Bottini
     Feminist Activist    

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Ivy Bottini has worked tirelessly for the rights of women and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community for more than 50 years.

Currently, Ms. Bottini is developing an AIDS Memorial in West Hollywood and the Southland’s first LGBT Museum. She is also writing an autobiography.

Ms. Bottini has spearheaded several organizations, including the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Board, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, AIDS Network LA, the first chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). She also co-chaired the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood.

Ms. Bottini has also contributed to the defeat of some of California’s most controversial measures. She served as chair of the Southern California division of the “No On LaRouche” campaign/Proposition 64, an initiative statute that would have restored AIDS to the list of communicable diseases, and served as deputy director of the Southern California region against Briggs Initiative, or Proposition 6, which would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California’s schools.

      Steven Llanusa
      School Board Member
      Claremont Unified School District 

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Steven Llanusa is a gay parenting rights advocate, educator and community activist.

Currently, Mr. Llanusa is a teacher at Smith Elementary School and board member of the Claremont Unified School District. He is also a father of three adopted sons and a husband to Glenn Miya.

Currently, Steven is working with the Human Rights Campaign on Welcoming Schools and is developing a workshop that could reduce bullying of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Mr. Llanusa has spearheaded community events for several organizations, including the Pop Luck Club, Family Pride Coalition of Pomona Valley and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Services.

Mr. Llanusa and his family have been featured on KCET’s, “Life & Times.” He was named Foster Parent of the Month by Refugio Para Los Niños and was awarded the Honorary Service Award by the California PTA.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KPBS

2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KPBS

As part of the Union Bank 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.

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Larry “Tito” Baza
     Civil Rights Activist

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A Native of San Diego, Mr. Baza was greatly influenced as a teenager by the Chicano and African American civil rights movements as well as by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. That influence carried through in his participation in civic life and his work for the fulfillment of the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to all citizens. From the early days of the United Farm Workers strikes to the Grape Boycott, Mr. Baza participated by collecting non-perishable foods for the farm workers families to collecting donations for the work of Luis Valdez’s Teatro Campesino to the establishment of Chicano Park. Mr. Baza’s career as a professional arts administrator and advocate has been driven by the belief that access to the arts “is vitally important to a civilized society.” His work has included directorships of many local nonprofits including the Centro Cultural de la Raza, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, California Pacific Theatre and others. He has also participated as a consultant, grant panelist, site visitor or board member for: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Arizona Arts Commission, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, California Association of Local Arts Agencies and more. Currently, Baza serves as executive president of the predominantly gay and lesbian San Diego Democratic Club, a board member of Honor Pac (a Statewide Latino LGBT Political Action Committee), an advisory Committee member of the Women’s History Museum, a member of the San Diego LGBT Center’s Latino Services Advisory Council, and as a member of the grant making committee of the San Diego Foundation for Change. In 2011 Baza was one of 12 local activists and community leaders that were honored by LAMBDA Archives San Diego for their work to advance LGBT civil rights and culture.

      Jeri Dilno
      LGBT Activist

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A Native of San Diego, Jeri Dilno began her LGBT activism while living in Philadelphia and helped organize that city’s first Pride march and rally in 1972. In 1974 she returned to San Diego and has spent her career working as a courageous political and social justice advocate on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights. Her own military undesirable discharge in 1961 for being a lesbian led her to risk personal safety on behalf of gay and lesbian civil rights. Over her years of living in San Diego, she has been involved in planning of numerous annual Pride parades. Ms. Dilno also was the first female executive director of the Center (then called The Gay Center) and also was Assistant Editor and Editor of the Gay and Lesbian Times (Uptown Publications). She was one of six openly lesbian delegates from California at the 1977 International Women’s Conference in Houston. Ms. Dilno also has served as President of the San Diego Democratic Club for four terms, has been an openly lesbian delegate to three National Democratic Conventions and in 1994 served as co-chair of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Ms. Dilno is currently on the Board of Directors of LGBT Pride, serves as a member of the City’s Balboa Park Committee, which is an advisory board to City Council, and a member of the SD County Democratic Central Committee. Ms. Dilno plans to continue to be an activist as long as she is able to add something to the struggle and hopes to encourage young people to be active.

View KPBS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Honorees for 2011


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: KQED

2012 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.

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Dr. Jei Africa
     Health Equity Initiative Manager
     San Mateo County, Behavioral Health    

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Dr. Jei Africa is the health equity initiatives manager with the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division of the San Mateo County health system, where she promotes effective and culturally responsive services to her patients. Dr. Africa is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified addiction treatment counselor, and she maintains a consulting and private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco. In 2005, she joined Alliance for Community Empowerment (ALLICE), an all-volunteer nonprofit that stages free biannual education seminars and resource fairs to promote healthy behavior and interaction. Dr. Africa uses her personal stories and professional experience to educate and engage people in dialogue about important social and health issues.

      Jeff Cotter
      Rainbow World Fund 

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Jeff Cotter is the founder of Rainbow World Fund (RWF), the world’s only international LGBT based humanitarian aid organization that helps people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. In 2006, Mr. Cotter also created the World Tree of Hope, a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism, which is displayed each December in San Francisco’s City Hall. Mr. Cotter is a lifelong humanitarian and activist; he has worked on HIV/AIDS initiatives and LGBT civil rights since 1987. He is also a psychiatric social worker for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

      Roger Doughty
      Executive Director
      Horizons Foundation 

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Roger Doughty is the executive director of San Francisco’s Horizons Foundation, the nation’s oldest LGBT community foundation. Mr. Doughty has worked with Horizons Community Services in Chicago and for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. He started his career as an attorney specializing in refugee, immigration and asylum cases involving gender-related persecution and sexual orientation. He has served on various boards and community organizations, including the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Mr. Doughty has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also earned a juris doctor degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

LGBT_KQED_2012_Nolan.jpg      Tom Nolan
      Former Executive Director
      Project Open Hand 

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For 17 years, Tom Nolan was the executive director of Project Open Hand, an organization that began by providing meals to San Francisco individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS. Under Mr. Nolan, it expanded its mission to include people in Alameda County suffering from serious illnesses other than AIDS, as well as all seniors. His activism and involvement with LGBT issues started early in his life. In 1987 he became the first openly gay person to serve as president for a board of supervisors in California’s 58 counties, where he co-created the county’s first response to the AIDS crisis, authoring legislation for domestic partner benefits and serving on the county's HIV/AIDS nonprofit board, ELLIPSE.

View KQED Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Honorees for 2011

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