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|KQED Celebrates Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month In June|
Four Local Hero Awards Presented at Ceremony on June 7
LGBT-related programming on KQED all month long
San Francisco, California, May 30, 2007-- This June, KQED Public Broadcasting proudly celebrates the culture, history, and political and artistic expressions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender experience in the United States. This month-long commemoration includes special programming and an event honoring outstanding local leaders who have given their time, creativity, and passion to the LGBT community.
The special evening of recognition, hosted by KQED Public Broadcasting and Kaiser Permanente with support from the Horizon Foundation, takes place on Thursday, June 7 at the KQED Broadcasting Center from 6 to 8:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a tour of KQED Broadcast Studios and an awards ceremony. The four honorees have been chosen based upon their commitment and contributions to their local communities and the Bay Area community at large.
The 2007 LGBT honorees are:
Program listings and descriptions for June can be found in the KQED Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month Guide, which also lists Bay Area resources pertaining to the LGBT community. Look online at www.kqed.org/pride. For more information on digital channels and schedules, please check www.kqed.org/dtv.
- Jack Bird and John Darby, San Francisco Towers, San Francisco, CA
Jack and John have been partners since 1959. During their life together, John served as the executive director of the Hearing Society for 36 years and helped found the Rainbow Deaf Society in the 1970s. Jack worked as the controller of a major corporation and volunteer accountant for the Hearing Society, as well as serving on the board of Men's Associated Exchange (MAX). They both remain active volunteers at San Francisco Towers, where they've lived since 1998. Jack and John were also the inspiration for the Fairy Godfathers for LGBT Disability Issues Fund, a named fund within Horizons Foundation's LGBT Community Endowment Fund dedicated to creating a world in which LGBT people with disabilities are able to participate fully and equally in all aspects of community and society. To learn more about Jack and John or the Fairy Godfathers Fund, please see www.horizonsfoundation.org/page/donors/darbybird
- Julie Lienert, Ally Action, Concord, CA
Julie Lienert is the Executive Director of Ally Action, a non-profit organization with more than 20 years of successful, grassroots work supporting school communities to be safe, inclusive and effective for all, regardless of sexual or gender identity/expression. Prior to her work with Ally Action, Julie created the Safe Schools Project at Catholic Charities of the East Bay, served as a Health and Sexuality Educator for grades K-12 in rural Yup'ik villages of southwestern Alaska, and facilitated peer education programming alongside HIV+ inmates at San Quentin State Prison through her work with the Marin AIDS Project. Julie is a 2006 LeaderSpring Fellow, a participant in the Horizons Foundation's Strategic Partnership Program, and helps represent Ally Action in the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative -- the oldest such collaborative in the country. She was awarded the Contra Costa Peacemaker of the Year Award in 2000 for her work with school community leaders, community organizations, youth, and parents in creating more welcoming environments for us all.
- Mark Misrok, Positive Resource Center, San Francisco, CA
Mark Misrok is the Director of Client Services and Community Programs, Employment Services, at Positive Resource Center in San Francisco. Mark has been living with HIV for over 20 years, and began his own vocational rehabilitation activities with Positive Resource Center as a client and then as a volunteer in 1992. He became the Program Director in 1995, and has overseen the development of PRC's vocational rehabilitation, employment and career counseling, computer training, job placement, small business development and community partnership programs. In 2006, over one thousand individuals from all San Francisco Bay Area counties utilized the services of PRC's Employment Services Program. Mark currently serves as President of the National Working Positive Coalition and is a member of the S.F. Mayor's Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Mark is a fierce advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS and it is represented in his life's work.
KQED will also present an evening of film, conversation and education on Wednesday, June 6 in partnership with The Respect for All Project and Ally Action. A screening of It's Elementary will be followed by a panel discussion, and educational resources will be available for teachers.
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 8.5 million members and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 145,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 12,000 physicians representing all specialties.
A community foundation rooted in and dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Horizons Foundation (www.horizonsfoundation.org) exists to mobilize and increase resources for the LGBT movement and organizations that secure the rights, meet the needs, and celebrate the lives of LGBT people; empower individual donors and promote giving as an integral part of a healthy, compassionate community; and steward a permanently endowed fund through which donors can make legacy gifts to ensure our community's capacity to meet the future needs of LGBT people.
KQED (www.kqed.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB). KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime, is the producer of local and national series such as Quest; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way; and Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. KQED's digital television channels include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento). KQED Education Network brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources. KQED Interactive offers video and audio podcasts and live radio stream at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.