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News Release - October 10, 2009

Tyler Davis, Communications Director
858-523-8201

5,000 Plus Gays & Lesbians Help Local Communities Nationwide

SAN DIEGO, CA — Roughly 5,000 volunteers attended The Empowering Spirits Foundation’s “Proud Hearts Reach Out” service events held across the nation on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

The ESF partnered with Habitat for Humanity, MyOutSpirit.com, the American Cancer Society, the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and others to engage in service oriented events designed to allow LGBT individuals to work side-by-side with non-LGBT members in an effort to open up communication between both sides.

“This was a great opportunity to help others in need, and in doing so we engaged in dialogue with our non-LGBT neighbors through this non-divisive manner in an effort to promote understanding of the issues that affect the LGBT community,” said A. Latham Staples, President and C.E.O. of the ESF. “The response from the other side was overwhelming. I haven’t heard of a negative response yet. In fact, many commented that we helped them under stand the LGBT viewpoints, and they appreciated all that we were doing.”

“Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, or Buddhist, every spiritual tradition requires you to serve the community,” added Clayton Gibson, founder of MyOutSpirit.com, a social networking site for LGBT spiritual individuals. “It’s no different for the LGBT community. We are a part of this community, our families are here. Our well-being and our lives are intertwined with everyone else in the community. And our spirituality demands that when we can help, we do so, while our integrity demands that we aid without hiding who we are.”

*Media Note – Pictures are being uploaded as they come in from the field to our Flickr Page.

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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