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2014 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 2014 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Robert H Gleason
     President and Chief Executive Officer
     Evans Hotels
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Robert Gleason is chief executive officer and president for Evans Hotels where he has been employed for over 25 years. In addition, he is a former adjunct faculty member in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University.

Mr. Gleason is a long-time San Diegan who has played a leadership role with many community agencies and organizations, primarily in the areas of the arts, economic development, electoral politics and civil rights. He is Chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Chair of the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, founding Co-Chair of the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, and a Trustee of Francis Parker School. He is a past Vice Chair of the Old Globe Theater, past Chair of the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center and the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council, and a former national Vice Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. In 2009 Mr. Gleason was honored by San Diego Pride as a Champion of Pride.

He received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor (summa cum laude) from the University of San Diego School of Law.

      Rev. Canon Albert Ogle
      St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation

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Rev. Canon Albert Ogle has lived and worked in Southern California since 1982, when he moved from Ireland to establish a program for high risk street youth in Los Angeles. He served as one of the first openly gay clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

In 1985, he was Youth Director of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and Acting Executive Director. Reverenced Ogle was Rector of St. George's Laguna Hills for eight years and helped to found the Gay Men's Chorus of Orange County, Men Alive.

He previously served as the Major Gifts Officer for Equality California Southern California. In 2010 he left his position with EQCA to support the courageous work of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and funded the St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Center in Kampala. After three years, the Center is now independent and Bishop Christopher received the Clinton Global Citizen’s Award in 2012.

Reverend Ogle is President of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, with his office at St Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego.

View KPBS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Honorees for 2013

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