2015 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 2015 Local Heroes of the Year:
San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council
Terry Cunningham is the chair of the HIV Health Services Planning Council for the County of San Diego. For more than 32 years, Mr. Cunningham has been focused on HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention. He has worked as a volunteer on the AIDS Hotline, director of the AIDS Assistance Fund and founder of the Ciaccio Memorial Clinic, the largest community provider of HIV services in San Diego. Most recently, he was the chief of the HIV, Sexually Transmitted Disease and Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Mr. Cunningham has received numerous recognitions including the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the LGBT Center in San Diego. In 2014, Mr. Cunningham served as the chairman of the 18th Annual United States Conference on AIDS held in San Diego. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix.
LGBT Community Leader
In 1993, Christine Kehoe made history as the first LGBT candidate elected to the San Diego City Council, where she was successful in strengthening neighborhood services, funding programs for The Center and San Diegans living with AIDS. In 2000, Ms. Kehoe was elected Assemblywoman for 76th California Assembly district. During her tenure, she was appointed Speaker pro Tempore and was the founding chair of the LGBT Caucus, one of the first in the country. Following her two terms in the assembly, she was elected to serve two terms in the California Senate. Ms. Kehoe has held leadership positions in many community organizations including the Center for Women’s Studies and Services, the San Diego Gayzette, San Diego LGBT Pride, and the San Diego AIDS Assistance. Currently, she is the executive director of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC), a public-private organization working to ensure a strong and enduring transition to clean electric vehicles in California.
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