Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Human Rights Campaign presents Her HRC

Her HRC Long Beach
Sunday, January 17
Doors Open: 12:30 p.m.Must be 21+

Flux Bar
17817 Lakewood Blvd.Bellflower, CA 90706
General Admission: $10
VIP Admission: $35 (includes two drink tickets)Includes an annual HRC membership!
Whether you love football, love someone who does, or just want to be where the ladies are, join the women of Orange County/Long beach for an event to remember! Come out to watch the post season game, pick up a taco from the taco stand and stay for the DJ and dancing after the game.


Sunday, January 17
Doors Open: 8:00 p.m.Must be 21+

Madame Royale
6423 Yucca St.Hollywood, CA 90068

Includes an annual HRC membership!

"It's a (Wo)man's World"... A celebration of women with a casino theme at famed French-inspired speakeasy Madame Royale! Complete with games, live music, silent movies, DJ and dancing!
General Admission: $15


Sunday, January 17

Doors Open: 4:00 p.m.Must be 21+

Dezart One Gallery
2688 S. Cherokee WayPalm Springs, CA 92264

General Admission: $15 Includes an annual HRC membership!
Exclusive lesbian-owned art gallery hosts this intimate event to celebrate women in Palm Springs. You won't want to miss it! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Raymond at


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Diversity News, a consumer news magazine is official nominated for The 2009 WEHO Awards

On Monday, November 30, 2009 The organizers of the West Hollywood(WEHO) Awards officially announced on their Twitter account( the Diversity News, a consumer news magazine have been officially nominated for the 9th Annual WEHO Awards.

The nominations announcement was held live at the Rockwell Restaurant in Hollywood, CA from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

For the complete story and list of all nominated please visit:

The Red Carpet Pre-party & Silent Auction started at 6:30 pm and it was Hosted by Judy Tenuta. The Dinner & Video viewing of last year 2008 WeHo Awards was held at 8:00 pm.A total of Two hundred seventy-two WeHo Award 2009 Nomination Certificates were presented at 10:00 pm.

The WEHO Awards was produced benefiting LIFE GROUP LA.

What happen next: From December 11th – December 18thThe WeHo Awards Voting Party Week. On December 19th – December 21stWeHo Awards Online Voting will start and the 9th Annual WeHo AwardsBenefit Gala will be held on Tuesday, January 26th 2010 in Holmby Hills, CA.
For more information visit

Editor Note: We want to thank again our loyal readers, friends and partners for nominating us for a great award. As you may have seen we have been covering the West Hollywood community in our publication many times. It would have been nice if the event organizers would have take a time to notify us in advance. Diversity News email more then 2 times requesting a press release and credentials but no response. Once again Congratulations to all the nominated and Thank You so much for nominating us.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Diversity News nominated for Wake UP! Award

Diversity News nominated for Wake UP! Award

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Kierrah Foundation First Annual Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff __________________________________________________________
On sunday the purple carpet was pulled out for the stars and celebrities to stop and take photographs before entering inside the Taglyan Cultural Center. The Kierrah Foundation hosted the first annual Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion, “Honoring Women in Entertainment.” The event was held on November 8, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 12pm. at The Taglyan Cultural Center located at 1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The event featured Purple Carpet, Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Cocktail After Party and Fashion Show Explosion.

“Spotlight on Sisters event was filled with incredible energy and enthusiasm. What Brandy Sanders does is very inspiring. I enjoyed the delicious food, the performances were dazzling and the fashion show made me want to move and get some of those outfits for myself. This is the first time I'v seen musician/dance sensation Arnold G & team perform live and he had a wonderful stage presence.” Said Thushari Jayasekera. actress/performance artist at Live Jelly Entertainment.

During the Awards dinner and Ceremony the following awards were presented to Rickie Byars Beckwith, Estela Cruz, Brenda LeeEager, Zabrina Horton, Treaz’ure Lee, DJ Spark, Luenell, Parker McKenna Posey, Barbara Walden,Tamica Washington-Miller & Sandy Wee. Also Cassius Vernon Weathersby was recognized with The Brother Award.

The awards presenters were Georgia Anne Muldrow, Stephan Muldrow, Billy Osborne, Parris Harris and Shawn Carter Peterson. The Featured Vocalists; Jesse Campbell, Mortonette Stephens & Gino Walker. The invited Celebrity guest included Keith Robinson ("Dreamgirls"), Ernest "Raj" Thomas ("What's Happening") & Pop/R&B Singer Tionne Williams.

The Live Entertainment music was brought by MING FREEMAN, Musical Director. A tribute was held for The Kierrah Foundation founder Stanley "Unc" Sanders who was born on April 30, 1953 and passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009.

During the Cocktail After Party special performances were by Tim McAfee-Lewis & New Thought, Arnold G, VJ Michael Benz & Tristan Starchild of The Martianz,The Twins Sean & John. The Cocktail Party was hosted by KJLH RADIO DJ JiJi Sweet.

Some of The SPOTLIGHT ON SISTERS DESIGNERS for the Fashion Show Explosion were by Astarte Woman by Design, Carolyn Wilbouen, Linda Key, Afican Cowboy, Delise Ana, Engineered By Remy, Tina Preston, Heather Petrey, Cow Girl HeavenBlive Couture, Lily Blue and Parris Harris. Parris Harris' Fashion Explosion featured Kierrah Star Models & Designers.
Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion, “Honoring Women in Entertainment” proceeds benefit The Kierrah Foundation for former foster girls and their children. The Awards and Dinner event was hosted by Actress Kyla Pratt.

The event production team were: Executive Producers; Brandy Sanders & Parris Harris, Writer/Producer; Daniela Ryan, Associate Producers; Valezka Andino, Jai Bright, Betrice Coleman-Sweet and Angela Lauren, Director of Music; Ming Freeman and Fashion Director; Parris Harris.

About The Kierrah Foundation:
The Kierrah Foundation was established to help young women who have been adversely affected by being placed in the foster care system. The unique needs of these young women are underrepresented and underserved. The Kierrah Foundation is set up to be a multilevel support system for these young women who often are estranged from adult family members and must navigate the path to adulthood alone. The Foundation seeks to build their self-esteem and to squash the rampant self-doubt that makes these young women feel hopeless, disenfranchised and on the path to nowhere. The Foundation also offers women a unique opportunity to share valuable life experiences with upwardly mobile individuals who can encourage them to face the challenges ahead. For more information about The Kierrah Foundation and Spotlight On Sisters visit: http://

Display photo courtesy of Mohamed H. Aly. Slide photos show by Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News. © 2009 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
Sources:,, L.A. Focus Newspaper , Parris Harris & A&G Records.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck is the new 55th LAPD Chief

Today Tuesday, November 03, 2009 LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the selection of Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck is the new 55th LAPD Chief. He takes over former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton who resigned as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in August 5, 2009.

“Beginning his career with the LAPD 32 years ago, Chief Charlie Beck has earned the reputation as a progressive police reformer,” Said Mayor Villaraigosa in a press release by his Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles.

He concluded “He is a man of character and integrity, a police officer who is tough on crime, and he is a leader with a deep respect and understanding of the police officers under his command and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. Chief Charlie Beck is the right man to lead the Los Angeles Police Department.”

Here is the new LAPD Chief biography:
Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck was born in Long Beach, California in 1953. He was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach. His father was a Los Angeles Police officer who retired in 1980 at the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Beck was appointed to the Department in March 1977 after serving two years in the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1984, to Lieutenant in April 1993, to Captain in July 1999, Commander in April 2005, and to Deputy Chief in August 2006. As an officer, his patrol assignments have included Rampart, Southeast, Pacific and Hollywood Areas. As a sergeant, his assignments were Harbor and Southwest patrol, South Bureau C.R.A.S.H. and Internal Affairs Division.
Upon being promoted to captain, he was originally assigned as the Commanding Officer of Southeast Operations Support Division where he spent approximately two years before being transferred to Juvenile Division. As a Commander, he was the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief, he assumed command of Operations - South Bureau.
Commander Beck is the current president of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Relief Association and competes regularly in local motocross events. He is a current Police and Fire Motocross national champion and has won dozens of medals in state, national and international competitions.

Photo and Biography courtesy of the Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA.

Editor Note: Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Editor of Diversity News, Diversity News Los Angeles, Diversity News Hollywood and Diversity News Online published by Diversity News Publications want to congratulate and wish LAPD Chief Charles L. Beck good luck with his LIFE AND CAREER.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to select soon New LA Police Chief

On October 27, 2009 LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa formally accepted the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners’ recommendations for the next Chief of Police. The Police Commission’s top three candidates are-in alphabetical order- Deputy Chief Charles Beck, First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell and Deputy Chief Michel Moore.

“Choosing the next Chief of Police is the single most important decision I will make for the remainder of my term as Mayor,” said Mayor Villaraigosa.
“This process will be comprehensive and thorough-I will move expeditiously – but will take all the time I need to make the very best decision for the people of Los Angeles.”

At a City Hall press conference with the Police Commission, the Mayor said he will thoroughly evaluate the candidates—not just on experience—but on their character, integrity, and fortitude. The Mayor also stated that he would discuss with the candidates their views on community partnerships, their plans for supporting reforms that have transformed the department, as well as their commitment to the City’s new approach to keep kids out of gangs and to address the root causes of crime.

In preparation for the deliberation of the Police Commission’s recommendations, the Mayor has called upon a distinguished group of experts to provide him with perspectives about the most important leadership attributes the next chief must posses.

The Mayor’s Advisory Group includes the Honorable Lourdes Baird, Stewart Kwoh, Ron Olson, Connie Rice and Warren Christopher, who will serve as its chairman.
In addition to bringing together a highly qualified Advisory Group, Mayor Villaraigosa will seek the counsel of a broad cross section of Angelenos that will include community, religious and law enforcement leaders.

Candidates Brief Biography:
Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck was born in Long Beach, California in 1953. He was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach. His father was a Los Angeles Police officer who retired in 1980 at the rank of Deputy Chief.

First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell has been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department since 1981. He is currently the second in command of the Los Angeles Police Department and serves as the Chief of Staff. As the Chief of Staff, Chief McDonnell handles a myriad of fiscal and political issues involving the Police Department as directed by the Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Michel R. Moore is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, currently assigned as the Commanding Officer, Operations-Valley Bureau. He was born the second of five children in Porterville, California. He grew up in various parts of the United States, graduating high school in Conway, Arkansas. He returned to Southern California and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in October 1981.

In August 5, 2009 Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton resigned as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Editor Note: Who do you think the Mayor will select to handle this big city safety? Please leave clean comments. Photo By Esteban Escobar, Diversity News. (C) 2009 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
Source: Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA & Diversity News Publications.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Life Group LA Takes The POZ Life Weekend Seminar to San Diego, CA!

On September 30, 2009 The Life Group LA announced that it will be taking its team of dedicated volunteers and presenters to the San Diego area on November 14th and 15th, 2009.

Their innovative and ground breaking POZ Life Weekend Seminar is a place where compassion, education, community and love is offered unconditionally. It's a place HIV+ men, women, youths, family members and care givers can come be themselves, feel comforted and support in their effort to learn how to either live a long healthy productive POZitive lifestyle, or help someone they know and love overcome the fears associated with being HIV+ at no cost and the seminar is Free!

“This event is being made possible by a collaboration with the UCSD Antiviral Research Center, Fallbrook Pharmacy, Tibotec Therapeutics and Bristol Meyers Squibb who are equally as passionate about education and emotionally supporting our mutual communities. We are proud to have their support.” says Executive Director, Sunnie Rose
They have a diverse group of Presenters, Volunteers and Staff effectively reaching out and relate to the specific issues that can concern and equally diverse group of men, women, people of color, gay men and heterosexual HIV positive or negative individuals no matter what age!

For event information you can click here to download the flyer

About The Life Group:
Is a coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well being.
Founded in 2005 The Life Group LA provides free of charge, much needed information and emotional support through medical forums, emotional support groups and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar. All services are offered in a non-judgmental and safe environment with compassion and understanding.

For more information please visit Call 888-208-8081 or email

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! Hollywood Premiere And Red Carpet

Story By Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Photo By Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer
On Thursday, October 22, 2009 was held the LA/Hollywood premiere and red carpet of “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! At the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles-Hollywood, CA.

The movie is a comedy about two families, one Jewish (Hirsch’s) who was expecting their son to marry an educated and Jewish women and the other family (Angelos’s) who have accepted that their son was gay. For the Jewish family was very hard to accept their only son have fall in love in another men. So they tried to learn about his gay life. Finally they accepted what it matters is the his son was happy and the was nothing wrong loving another men. It is a funny movie, the you will laugh and even cry.

“Oy Vey! My Son is Gay” some of the cast members are: Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award nominee Lainie Kazan, Saul Rubinek, Carmen Electra, Vincent Pastore, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, Emmy Award winner Jai Rodriguez, and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch.

It is a good movie to go see, support it and watch to learn about the there is nothing wrong been gay and what it matters in life is LOVE for each other.

The movie is to be release on Theaters November 6, 2009. Movie is produced by Evgeny Afineevsky, Svetlana Anufrieva, Igor Zektser and Rich Cowan.
For more information about showing and red carpet events please visit movie site

The premiere event benefits AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES (APLA), It is produced by New Generations Films and event sponsored by Metro Source and Clear Channel.

Photo by Alex Palomares, Diversity News. © 2009 By Diversity News Publications. Violation of Copy Rights may be fine by applicable laws. You can see more photos at

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency"

Hollywood, CA --- October 14, 2009 A&G Records in association with Philippine Aid Society announced Multi-talented recording artists Lotonius Earl, Jezda, Kris Searle, Jael Gadsden, Fawn, Asha Puthli, Stuart Guest, Rob C and Arnold G to perform live at "Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency."
"To be honest, I can't take credit for the idea. This was Arnold G's initiative. When he approached me about doing the concert, I was all for it because I could tell he had a heart to help the Philippines" Said Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society.
The event will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009 from 9pm to 11pm at Rage Restaurant & Bar 8911 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069. Telephone: (310) 652-7055.

He continue "I hope it will raise awareness for the Philippines and the serious need they have there. I also hope to raise some money because every dollar raised translates directly into emergency items for the victims."

Event will be hosted by Rana Davis, popular long time hostess and emcee in Southern California.
This is a benefit concert to help raise awareness and needed funds to help the victims of the devastating floods the occurred on September 26, 2009. The Manila metro area was pummeled by Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) which resulted in the worst flooding the Philippines has seen in over 40 years. Some are calling the storm the "Katrina of the Philippines."

Nearly 699 people have lost their lives and countless thousands have lost everything they own. To be sure, millions of Filipinos, living in one of the poorest countries in the world, were deeply affected by this tragedy in the Phillipines. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Aid Society a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The goal is to raise $100,000. That will go a long way to restoring family housing, getting medicine, food and clothing to those in direct need in the Philippines.
"Tens of Thousands of people in Manila and surrounding areas have lost everything they own. We can't give it all back to them, but this money raised will go to help them survive and recover from this tragedy." Concluded Troutman.

Also donations of clothing and can foods will be accepted on location, as well at: Manila Forwarder: 4323 Eagle Rock Blvd, Unit 313, Los Angeles, CA 90041 Telephone: (323) 478-1599. Cash donations are being encouraged and will be managed directly by Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society, with offices in the United States (North Carolina) and in the Philippines (Kamuning, Quezon City).

Red carpet is schedule to start at 8:30pm. The show will start from 9pm to 11pm.
Event is free, but $10 donation is recommended for the cause.

"Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency." is sponsored by A&G Records, RAGE, ParrisHarris and Diversity News.

Courtesy video from Brian LeBow of LeBow Media shows images on the devastating floods. Event flyer is posted at and
About Phillipine Aid Society:
Philippine Aid Society is a non profit organization which is organized to provide a variety of charitable services in the Philippines. They are a small organization and their management staff consists entirely of volunteers.
For more information you can visit there website at

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. Diversity News Publications publishes Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online, Diversity News Los Angeles and Diversity News, a consumer news magazine.
For more information you visit web site at or follow on Twitter at:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hollywood, CA --- October 13, 2009 Diversity News Publications officially announced that Alex Palomares has joined as Exclusive Special Events Photographer and Linda Krongold as New York Correspondent of Diversity News Publications.
“I am very happy to welcome Alex Palomares & Linda Krongold to the Diversity News Family Of Companies.” Said Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News, published by Diversity News Publications. He concluded. “I hope that you will treat, cooperate with, and respect them the same or even better than me to perform their duties and trust them with their media coverage.”

Alex will be taking photographs for the following blogs Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online and Diversity News Los Angeles and some videos for our Diversity News Channel on YouTube. He will also be the photographer for the main site Diversity News, a consumer news magazine published by Diversity News Publications.

“I want the opportunity to gain experience, and to grow within a credited established company like Diversity News. Also, be part of something I believe in.” Said Alex Palomares, Exclusive Special Events Photographer of Diversity News.
Alex Palomares became part of Diversity News Publications effective October 10, 2009. He resides in Lancaster, CA and works during the day in the Hotel and Resorts industry. He come to Diversity News with very high recommendations from well known leaders in the media and political industry.

He concluded: “I want to utilize my skills in a positive way, on top of learning new skills to take with me in the future.”
Alex Palomores' first special assignment is to walk with the Diversity News#3960 team for AIDS WALK LA 2009 and at the same time cover the event for possible feature on Diversity News Publications sites.
“I enjoy meeting and learning about diverse kinds of people. I also love reading and writing. As a high school teacher, I have decent English skills, and feel I can help as a proofreader. Diversity News Publications is fun, upbeat, and current, and I would love to be a part of that”. said Linda Krongold, NY. Correspondent for Diversity News.

Linda Satloff Krongold became part of Diversity News Publications team effective October 9, 2009.
Linda Krongold resides in NYC. She is a teacher for the NYC Board of Education during the day, and during her free time she will be writing, proof reading, reporting and contributing as a correspondent for Diversity News Publications.

“I would love to help the Publication in any way I can. I also love meeting new people and making new friends, both of which I think will happen as part of working here!” She concluded.

Linda first official assignment with Diversity News Publications was to proof read DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor CD Review which it was published on Diversity News, a consumer news magazine and Diversity News Hollywood, published by Diversity News Publications. She has also covered and written about American Idol Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert.

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Cold Stone Creamery a subsidiary of Kahala announced the “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social” to be held on thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, which marks Cold Stone Creamery’s® eighth-annual “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social,” a nationwide fundraising event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

All Cold Stone Creamery locations throughout the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico are inviting ice cream lovers to experience the joy of supporting a worthy cause and enjoying indulgent ice cream!

From 5-8 pm on Sept. 24, everyone donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation will receive a FREE 3 oz serving of Jack’s Creation, the featured Creation made by 5-year-old wish kid Jack from New York City. Jack met with Cold Stone Creamery Sr. Tastemaster, Ray Karam, earlier this year to create his special Creation, a delicious combination of Sweet Cream ice cream, brownies, sprinkles and caramel. Donations that night and all month long will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and ice cream lovers are encouraged to partake in this indulgent event, cooling off with ice cream and supporting a great cause.

For store locations, please visit

Cold Stone Creamery has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2002, generating $3.2 million in donations. Cold Stone has dedicated the month of September to raising funds for the Foundation. In addition to the event, guests can donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and receive a paper wish star to write their name on that will be posted inside stores during the month.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery delivers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 12 quick service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates more than 1,450 locations in 13 countries worldwide.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit the brand’s Web site at For more information about Kahala, visit the company’s Web site at

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 180,000 wishes in the United States since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CA Legislature Passes Streamlined Rapid HIV Testing Bill; AHF Urges Schwarzenegger to Sign Law


AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the operator of the largest non-government HIV testing program in California, today praised the California Legislature for its passage of Assembly Bill 221, which cleared the Assembly on final concurrence (61-0) today and moves on to the Governor’s desk. AB 221 updates and streamlines the training of counselors for rapid HIV testing by exempting persons administering finger stick rapid HIV tests from the requirement for certification as a limited phlebotomy technician (LPT). It is widely expected that Schwarzenegger will sign the bill. However; as AB 221 has been designated an urgency bill and will go into effect as soon as the Governor signs it rather than early next year, AHF is reiterating its call on the Governor to swiftly sign the bill.

The bill, authored by Assembly Member Anthony Portantino (D—Pasadena) and co-sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, eliminates barriers to expanding access to HIV rapid screening by reforming outdated, unnecessary and excessive training standards for HIV counselors who administer the finger stick rapid test.

“Over the past three years, the California Legislature and the Governor have led the charge to foster widespread routine HIV screening. One after another, barriers to screening have been erased so that California can ensure an optimal environment for people to learn their HIV status and get into life-saving treatment. AB 221 removes yet another barrier,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, co-sponsor of the bill. “We encourage Governor Schwarzenegger to quickly sign this pragmatic and money-saving bill into law.”

“AB 221 exempts persons administering HIV rapid tests from the need for certification as a limited phlebotomy technician,” said Joseph Terrill, Domestic Testing Manager for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “Currently, finger stick rapid tests can only be administered by HIV counselors who are certified as LPTs. Certification requires 20 hours of training and 25 practical supervised finger sticks. The cost of that training, approximately $2,500 per person, has discouraged many test sites and organizations from increasing the number of HIV counselors who are LPTs. AB 221 brings California law current with improvements in the technology of HIV testing.”

“This bill wisely eliminates unnecessary administrative costs that currently impede expansion of much needed HIV testing here in California,” added Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Director of AHF’s Public Health Division. “When signed into law, as we expect Governor Schwarzenegger will do, AB 221 will allow for far greater flexibility in how programs do HIV testing.”

Sunday, August 16, 2009

NAHJ Count Me Iñ fundraising campaign

FROM: O. Ricardo Pimentel, NAHJ President

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Count Me Iñ fundraising campaign
Even though we tried to outrun the recession, it has caught up to us.
We trained hundreds in multimedia journalism just last month alone. Scholarship checks for students are going out now for the fall. With counseling, training and job referrals, every day we help Latino colleagues keep alive their dreams of staying in journalism. But it’s clear that NAHJ’s programs and services are now in jeopardy unless we all do our part.

Like many other organizations in today’s economy, cuts in funding and in attendance at our excellent annual convention in San Juan have left NAHJ with a $300,000 budget shortfall. We’re facing that challenge head on with our Count Me Iñ fundraising campaign to close that gap.

We know times are tough, but can you make a donation to NAHJ? Can you raise money for NAHJ? Maybe you can do both. Either way, you are a crucial part of NAHJ’s resolve to help Latino journalists reinvent themselves and prevail in this new media landscape. Here are some recent examples of how we are helping Latinos in journalism.

The convention featured 33 multimedia-related training sessions, including the new CyberLab@NAHJ, where hundreds of journalists learned a myriad of skills – everything from how to use Twitter to find and promote stories to video editing with Final Cut Pro.

$100,000 in scholarship checks for 25 students will be sent in August, bringing to $1.6 million the scholarships NAHJ has awarded to 575 aspiring journalists since 1988. This year’s Student Projects at the convention were also the first to truly converge into intensely-focused multimedia training.

Our Parity Project has helped community members in Phoenix and San Diego organize to beat back the use of derogatory terms to describe Latinos, paving the way for more advocacy and fair coverage of Latinos in other cities.

Recent multimedia journalism training sessions in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are just a taste of more to come throughout the country.

Despite huge shortfalls in convention revenue, we broke even by drastically cutting costs. We’ve also decided to forgo this year’s Noche de Triunfos Journalism Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C. to save money and focus on growing our membership.

But we need to raise $300,000 before December 15, 2009 to continue: giving scholarships to Latino students, training more Latinos in multimedia journalism via regional conferences, bringing the Parity Project’s advocacy for fairness in coverage to more cities, and boosting the sheer numbers of Latino journalists with new skills to stay in journalism and collectively have more impact on news media than ever before.

Can you raise at least $200 for NAHJ? Can you do more? We can all certainly do this, together. For example, if every current member of NAHJ (1,400) raises $200, that adds up to $280,000. Imagine what we could do together if some people raised more.

Please consider giving an amount that is significant to you. Tell your friends (especially those on your Facebook page and other social networking sites) and family to support this organization that you believe in or have benefited from.

We can accept donations online, in a single payment or installments, via phone (202.662.7482), or by sending a check to: NAHJ, 1000 National Press Building, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045. All donations are tax deductible.

We can do this, together. You can make a difference. Help raise money for NAHJ now.

O. Ricardo Pimentel, NAHJ President
Donate nowCount Me Iñ Supporters-->

About their Mission:
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

Their Goals:
To organize and provide mutual support for Hispanics involved in the gathering or dissemination of news.
To encourage and support the study and practice of journalism and communications by Hispanics.
To foster and promote a fair treatment of Hispanics by the media.
To further the employment and career development of Hispanics in the media.
To foster a greater understanding of Hispanic media professionals' special cultural identity, interests, and concerns.

For more information to help them visit website at or email

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Demonstration today August 11 evening in downtown Los Angeles to protest HIV/AIDS programs cuts

Today evening in downtown Los Angeles, Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) will held a protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s devastating cuts to California’s HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs.

In late July, the governor stripped more than $80 million from the state’s HIV/AIDS funding, virtually eliminating state general fund support for all HIV/AIDS programs. These cuts are the deepest that California’s HIV/AIDS programs have ever taken, and they will decimate vital services that provide care and treatment, as well as those that prevent new infections.
The CDC now estimates that more than 56,000 new HIV infections occur every year in the U.S. -- one every nine minutes. People of color and gay men continue to be disproportionately impacted. Now more than ever, we cannot afford this kind of retreat in our fight against AIDS.
That’s why APLA urge you to join them for this important demonstration today August 11, 2009 evening in downtown Los Angeles to protest the cuts. The event begins at Pershing Square, where participants will gather at 7:00 p.m. Following is a march to the Ronald Reagan State Office Building for a brief program and candelight vigil. Be sure to wear a red shirt and bring candles or flashlights.

Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to join us -- it's important that people gather the largest possible crowd to publicly condemn these cuts!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. (Rally) 7:30 p.m.

(March) 8:00 p.m. (Press Conference)

Self-pay parking is available under Pershing Square or, you can take the Metro Red Line to the Pershing Square station.

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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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Eliminated all state funding for most of the state's HIV programs.

California dealt a staggering blow to people with HIV/AIDS this week when Governor Schwarzenegger eliminated all state funding for most of the state's HIV programs.

In an unprecedented move, the governor slashed more than $489 million from essential health and human services and programs this week. Included in these are roughly $82 million from HIV programs.General funding for the following programs have been eliminated:

HIV Education and Prevention - $24.6 million
HIV Counseling and Testing - $8.2 million
Therapeutic Monitoring - $8 million
Housing - $1.09 million
Home and Community-Based Care - $6.3 million
Early Intervention - $7.3 million

Governor Schwarzenegger also made cuts to the following programs:
Epidemiology & Surveillance - reduced by $1 million to $9.2 million.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) - reduced by $25 million to $70.8 million. But the governor did allow $25 million to be shifted into the program from the ADAP rebate fund, almost guaranteeing shortfalls in ADAP next year.

This is unacceptable. These cuts will have a devastating effect on California's ability to care for people with HIV and to prevent new infections.Now more than ever, we need you to fight.What You Can Do: State leaders need to hear from all of us over the next few weeks.

Rather than a single action, we are asking you to be a part of a number of efforts:
1. Contact Governor Schwarzenegger and state leaders by e-mail now. Tell them these cuts are unacceptable. It's easy using APLA's In The Loop. Click here to send your e-mail. 2. Join one of the protests that are taking place around the state now. We'll keep you posted on these demonstrations as soon as we get more information.3. Call your state assemblymember and express your outrage at the cuts. Tell them that they must take action to correct this injustice!

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Phone Call To State Assemblymember:"Hi, my name is ___________, and I'm calling to express my anger at the elimination of state funding for HIV programs.

This is inexcusable. The state has done the unthinkable and truly balanced the state budget this time on the back of the most vulnerable-- the sick and disabled. More than $80 million has been eliminated from HIV programs. I recognize the serious budget crisis facing the state, and am prepared to take cuts to help share the necessary pain. However, there is no justification for gutting essential services that have been part of a model response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic for almost two decades.

There were alternatives to these major cuts, particularly new revenue increases, such as the $1.1 billion in available revenues that the Assembly failed to approve, and which could have prevented this devastating result. I demand that you correct this and restore funding to our state's HIV programs!"

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. For more information visit

HIV/AIDS cuts A decade lost‏

LETTER FROM: Craig E. Thompson Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles

It’s like we’re back in the terrible 1990s. That’s just how far back we’ll be in the fight against HIV/AIDS due to Governor Schwarzenegger’s staggering state budget cuts.

The new state budget strips $85 million from California’s HIV/AIDS programs.

These are life-saving programs that provide HIV prevention, counseling, food assistance, home healthcare and more. Here at AIDS Project Los Angeles, we know firsthand what this blow will mean to our 9,600 clients — and to the 60,000 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the county.

Los Angeles County has the second largest AIDS epidemic in the country. For more than 25 years, APLA has been here to assist those in need and to prevent new cases of the disease. Now, as the financial crisis forces more and more people to seek our services, we’re faced with a near-insurmountable loss in state funding.

We’re facing a public health disaster. As the state cuts funding for prevention efforts, it will pay dearly for new and needlessly infected Californians entering the system. And as our resources are stretched further, we’ll be unable to assist all those in need in LA County.

We’re not standing for it. And I hope you won’t either. APLA is:

Mobilizing citizen activists to demand that the California legislature go back and find viable solutions to this crisis, and

Reaching out to all of our friends and supporters and requesting a contribution to support our work.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

LETTER FROM: Joe Solmonese, President of Human Rights Campaign

Gay and lesbian couples have been getting married by the thousands.
But the U.S. government refuses to recognize a single one because of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Take our survey: tell Washington leaders how DOMA hurts the people you love.

After the string of victories in Iowa, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, the trend is clear: support for marriage equality is surging among Americans.

But with tens of thousands of gay and lesbian couples finally joining in marriage, the federal government still refuses to recognize a single one.

Until the antiquated and discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed, millions of Americans will continue to be denied the full rights of marriage.
Take our quick survey! Share your opinions on DOMA and we'll deliver them to Congress and President Obama.

Why a survey? If you or someone close to you is married to a same-sex partner, you probably know all about DOMA's discriminatory effects. But there are still far too many people – including our lawmakers – who don't know how DOMA is harming families every day. Your answers to this survey will help show them how important this issue is.

Over the past few weeks, we've helped build unprecedented momentum to repeal DOMA. But President Obama has yet to take action against DOMA, and Congress still isn't getting the message. We need to keep up a constant stream of pressure if they're going to act.

Until DOMA is repealed, gay and lesbian married couples will be denied the federal rights straight married couples enjoy, like Social Security survivors' benefits, putting a spouse on a health plan without tax penalties, the right to take family and medical leave to care for a spouse, and equal treatment under U.S. immigration laws... The list goes on.

It's up to us to make sure Congress understands the impact of their inaction on thousands of married couples who remain strangers under federal law.
Will you take our quick survey to show our Washington leaders how DOMA affects you and those you care about? It will take less than 5 minutes.

And please pass this survey along to friends and family. We'll share your responses with Congress and the Obama administration in the coming weeks.
While we continue to push for marriage equality in more states and defend our wins against the relentless attacks of the radical right, it's also time to put an end to this antiquated federal law.

For more information contact: Human Rights Campaign @
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-3278
Phone: 202/628-4160 TTY: 202/216-1572 Fax: 202/347-5323