Tuesday, August 11, 2009

“Stonewall 2.0 – Activism For Equality” theme for the 35th 2009 Annual San Diego Pride”

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
On Saturday, July 18 – 19, 2009 the San Diego Pride celebration was held in downtown San Diego, CA.

Pride celebrations consist of Parade and Festival. The Parade is 10 yards route starting at 11 am on Saturday, July 18 on Normal Street & University. The Festival was held at Marston Point, Balboa Park on July 18 from 12 noon to 10 pm and continues on July 19, 2009 at 11 am to 8 pm.
Frank Sabatini, San Diego Pride Media Coordinator told Jeff McDonald of the Union-Tribune “The Pride parade is always about visibility.” He concluded “Visibility is key to securing a voice.”

The Parade features about 160 floats focusing in Activism For Equality. Some of the entertainment lines up were Terri Nunn & Berlin, The Bird and the Bee, The Shiny Toy Guns, The Lady Chablis and popular DJs.

The Parade Grand Marshals were Cleve Jones; Grand Marshal, The Lady Chablis; Celebrity Grand Marshal, San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality and San Diego Equality Campaign; Community Grand Marshals.
The San Diego Pride Annual Awards, popularly known as the Spirit of Stonewall Awards, were presented by the San Diego LGBT Pride Board of Directors to recognize the following individuals and organizations who contribute to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism and fundraising efforts.

These honorees for this year PRIDE were Midge Costanza; Friend of the Year, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP); Stonewall Service Award, Robert H. Gleason; Spirit of Stonewall Champion of Pride and Sally M. Hall; Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award and a female couple and a male couple, who became legally married last year during the short period of time when same-sex marriage was permitted in the state of California.
Two 'Inspirational Couples' received recognition and honored by the San Diego Pride: Linda Smith and Niki Morehead and Vern Miller and Ray Wooding. Parade Grand Marshals also received recognition at San Diego Pride 2009.

Pride feature: Pride, 21 +, Lavender, Nuestro Orgullo, Ebony, Country stages & Hinrg dance & Pride dance tents.

The next San Diego Pride Celebration will be held on July 17 to 18, 2010. Parade, Saturday, July 17, at 11:00 a.m. Festival, Saturday 12 noon to 10 pm & Sunday, July 18 at 11 am to 8 pm.

Their Mission is to Fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally and globally. Their Vision A world free of prejudice and bias and Their Values
Diversity- being inclusive, accepting and respectful of the differences of people who share our values.
Respect- valuing others by accepting individuality and demonstrating courtesy and mutual regard.
Honesty and Integrity- communicating factual information and being true to our values.
Accountability- to be responsible for the effects and consequences of our words and action.

For more information visit web sites at: http://www.sandiegopride.org & http://sdpride.blogspot.com

UNION-TRIBUNE @ uniontribune.com & SAN DIEGO PRIDE @ sandiegopride.org

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cecilia Ojinaga the new team leader, Diversity News #3960 participates again for AIDS WALK L.A. 2009

Hollywood, CA --- August 5, 2009 Diversity News Publications announced again the official participation of Diversity News Team #3960 and welcomes Cecilia Ojinaga as the new team leader for AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES 2009.

"I’m very excited, happy to focus and work hard for this year AIDS WALK L.A. As you already may know my participation with Diversity News #3960 have been since 2003 to present. I feel that I have a personal obligation to continue participating year after year in a cause that is my favorite because of their mission and purpose." Said Esteban "Steven" Escobar, CEO, President & Owner of Diversity News Publications and now Team Captain for Diversity News #3960.

He continue "It is my pleasure and honor to have Ms. Ojinaga on board as the new team leader of Diversity News #3960 for AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES 2009. Her dedication and passion to volunteer for our team is appreciated and we hope this will be an unforgettable opportunity."

Mr. Escobar concluded "Ms. Ojinaga, will be not alone because AIDS WALK L.A. Staff and I will be there to provide guidance, support and the necessary tools to make her participation an unforgettable experience."

Diversity News Publications wants to give back to the community where they do business and by participating with AIDS WALK Los Angeles and other community organizations.
"I have lost a very close family member due to AIDS and that is why I want to continue in participating on the event." Said Cecilia Ojinaga, Diversity News #3960 Team Leader for AIDS WALK L.A. 2009.

She concluded "I am helping because I hope one day we can get closer to find the cure for HIV/AIDS."

Aids Walk Los Angeles benefiting APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) and other non profit corporations in the Los Angeles County.

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialize in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations who combines all sources in one.

Diversity News Publications parent company is E.E. and Diversity News Publications Enterprises who owns Diversity News Productions, Diversity News Printing Services, Diversity News Publishing, Diversity News #3960, Diversity News Magazine & Revista Diversidad. For more information visit web site at http://www.diversitynewspublications.com

About Aids Project Los Angeles:
AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.

About AIDS WALK Los Angeles:
Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised $59 million for HIV programs and services in Los Angeles County, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in California. AIDS WALK L.A. Created and produced by MZA Events AIDS Walk Founder/Producer: Craig R. Miller

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Festival postponed until 2010, rally instead Saturday, October 10, 2009!

Los Angeles/Valley Pride Festival will not be held this year, instead a rally on Saturday, October 10, 2009!

By Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News Staff

Paul Waters

In an email received on 7-27-2009 from Paul Waters, Executive Director Los Angeles/ Valley Pride he stated that there will be not Festival and it is postponed until 2010. He wrote "The short version is that the economy sucks, and this is adversely impacting everything. A financial disaster would be, well, a disaster."

On a phone conversation with Mr. Waters he said that economy is the main reason why no festival and due to the expenses involved in organizing the event. He mention to us that prior sponsors are been affected by the economy so they can not support event.

The Rally will be held in the Valley on Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Studio City Hand Carwash located on 11514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA (adjacent to Oil Can Harrys).

This is the San Fernando Valley's very first GLBT Rally per http://www.lavalleypride.org/ web site. They will feature speakers, celebrities, music and more.

For more information about LA VALLEY PRIDE you can contact @ 818-508-0472 or email to: info@lavalleypride.org


Celebrate Events, Inc., dba LA/Valley GLBT Pride is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for GLBT people — through awareness.


To improve the quality of life for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people-Through Awareness


Pride is a matter of identity, and PRIDE events have been a source of reassurance and recreation. Yet, in a world where so few ongoing positive reflections exist for the GLBT Community, AWARENESS of, for and by the community, of its diversity, resources, beauty and access to others and ourselves becomes an imperative.

AWARENESS for the community at large that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are their neighbors, friends, relatives, and co-workers. And for those who attend the event, an AWARENESS of the breadth and diversity of the GLBT community as exemplified by the attendees and exhibitors-and from this AWARENESS . . . comes RESPECT.

AWARENESS for the community groups that they exist, and that they have services to offer to the community. By doing so, they have an opportunity to grow and prosper, allowing them to be able to provide more and more services-and from this AWARENESS . . . comes COMMUNITY.

AWARENESS for the GLBT attendees of community groups and the services they provide. Allowing them the opportunity to avail themselves of these services in order to improve the quality of their lives-and from this AWARENESS . . . comes UNITY.

AWARENESS for someone who is still unsure how to incorporate being part of the sexual-orientation minority into their lives in a positive, beneficial way, the event offers a wealth of opportunity for growth. From the many happy people having the time of their lives, to the rich strength and diversity of the many community groups that are part of the whole, to the wholeheartedly participation of corporate America-and from this AWARENESS . . . comes PRIDE.

Source: LA/Valley Pride http://www.lavalleypride.org/

Saturday, August 1, 2009

DON HUDSON BIOGRAPHY, Gospel & Christian Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Composer

After traveling, living and working in different industries. Don Hudson found an interest in writing, producing, performing and composing Christian & Gospel songs. Don Hudson is in the process of making his dream to become a reality.

Don Hudson was born on May 9, 1949, in Myrtle, Mississippi. He have lived most in Pasadena, CA. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, Business Degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He also has taken additional computer and Spanish classes in Pasadena, and learned a little ASL. He graduated from Myrtle High School in 1967. His first job was a “go-fer” at a construction site as a laborer. Don worked for at a major construction and engineering firm for 20 years. One of his favorite jobs was to work one day at Disney Burbank Studios.

Don has loved music since he was a teenager. In the last 10 years Don started writing and recording his songs. With his music he intends to pass the message with a theme and influence his fans. He wants people to know him as Gospel & Christian artist, singer, songwriter, producer & composer. Some of the music he likes are Reggaee, Tango, Rhumba & Classic. He admires Josh Groban, Andrew Bocelli and Duran Duran. Some of the gospel music he likes is from the incomparable Mahalia Jackson of the 50’s. Don have written and released more than 60 songs. His current releases titles are “Full of Grace and Truth” in 2008, “More Dancing In The Streets of GOD” in 2008/2009, “Dwelling in the House of the Lord” in 2008 and “Our Daily Bread” in 2008/2009. He still have more material not yet released.

Don currently resides in Myrtle, Mississippi. His parents names are Majorie & Duncan Hudson. He has five brothers and six sisters. He considers himself as a Christian. Don have traveled throughout the USA, England, Ireland, Island of Malta, Italy, Switzerland and Mexico.

Don gives back to the community by getting involved in causes such as March of Dimes, The Boys Scouts of America and AIDS WALK L.A. During his free time he likes to garden, collect coins, post cards and listen to all styles of music. Today Don continues to write, arrange and perform his songs. He hopes his fans are getting the message of the songs and. Don would love to make money for his songs and be play by others.

© 2009 By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, diversitynewspublications.com & diversitynewsonline.blogspot.com