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Two longtime LGBT activists honored at annual Local Heroes celebration

SAN DIEGO -- As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank partnered with KPBS to honor 16 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others, including longtime LGBT activists Jeri Dilno and Larry T. Baza.

The honorees were announced throughout 2012 as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities, and the year-long celebration of diversity culminated with a ceremony and reception last week, at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Recipients were formally recognized for their work that helps improve not only their local communities, but the region, the nation and the world.

Besides Dilno and Baza who were honored as part of the LGBT Pride Month program, other 2012 Local Heroes recognized are: JiAel Brownell and Bishop Roy Dixon (Black History Month); Michelle Houle and Dr. Doris A. Howell (Women’s History Month); Dennis-Michael Broussard and Mike Kawamura (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month); Jill Borg Spitzer and Gussie Zaks (Jewish American Heritage Month); Michael A.V. Cruz and Danny Gutierrez (Hispanic Heritage Month); Louis Frick and Laurel Moorhead (Disability Awareness Month); and Patricia A. Dixon and Leroy Elliott (Native American Heritage Month).

“Diversity and inclusion are an important part of our Union Bank heritage, and we are proud of our Local Heroes program in partnership with KPBS that celebrates cultural diversity in our communities,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “The program shines a spotlight on the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals, and we are thrilled to honor them with the recognition they deserve.”

The host for the evening was Kathi Diamant, an award-winning actor, author, broadcaster and adjunct professor at San Diego State University.

More information about the program and bios and videos of honorees is HERE.