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News Release - May 26, 2009

Tyler Davis, Communications Director
858-523-8201

“Proud Hearts Reach Out” Created After Prop. 8 Decision

ESF announces a nationwide service event promoting LGBT equality, to take place in conjunction with “Coming Out Day” on October 10th and 11th, 2009.

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Empowering Spirits Foundation announced today it will hold a nationwide service-oriented event to promote LGBT equality called “Proud Hearts Reach Out” on October 10th and 11th, 2009. The date is in conjunction with “Coming Out Day.” The event was created in response to the California Supreme Court decision today to uphold Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on same-sex marriage.

“Now that the Court announced their long-awaited ruling, we must move forward, and focus on ways to foster positive thought and change toward equality. We will engage in service-oriented activities nationwide in communities typically opposed to equal rights,” says A. Latham Staples, Empowering Spirits Foundation Executive Director. “It is our hope that 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.”

“Recent advances toward equality in Iowa, Vermont, Maine, the District of Columbia and potentially New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey show that the tide is changing in our favor,” says Staples. “It’s important that we act on this surge of support and impact those who know little about the LGBT community.”

Empowering Spirits will join forces with MyOutSpirit.com for the first event. ESF will release further details regarding the events in the upcoming weeks.

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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