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News Release - November 11, 2008

Margie M. Palmer, Media Coordinator
858-225-8700, ext. 5002

Empowering Spirits Foundation Founded After Passage Of Prop. 8

ESF to Engage in Unique Service-Oriented Approach to Gay Rights Issue

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, was founded today by A. Latham Staples in response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8, which restricts the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California, passed November 4, 2008 by 52% of the vote.

A. Latham Staples founded ESF out of frustration as to how he thought LGBT rights organizations were approaching the gay rights issue.

“I volunteered with a LGBT organization in California and grew tired of their attacks on minority groups and Mormons as they felt these groups were the cause of the passage of Proposition 8,” said Staples. “Demeaning someone doesn’t make them want to re-consider their viewpoints. I feel that we can come together through service-oriented events, and maybe in working side-by-side with our non-LGBT neighbors, they may come to see similarities rather than differences, hope rather than failure, strength rather than weakness.”

Additionally, the ESF will develop community awareness, collaborate with other coalitions, and empower individuals and organizations to engage in the political process for equality through educational endeavors.

About the Empowering Spirits Foundation, Inc.
ESF is a national non-profit, non-partisan grass-root based civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality through community service activities. ESF programs are designed to encourage dialogue between the LGBT community and its non-LGBT neighbors while fostering open, non-disenfranchising communication so that others may come to see similarities rather than differences in each of us. Additionally, the ESF develops community awareness, collaborates with other coalitions, and empowers individuals and organizations to engage in the political process for equality through educational endeavors.

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ESF Mission Statement

To dispel the negative stereotypes of the LGBT community and realize a society that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all through service-oriented activities designed to foster non-confrontational dialogue with our non-LGBT neighbors.


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