Pride Awards

/Pride Awards

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA

VIP Reception – 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Pride Awards – 6:30-10:00 p.m.

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VIP reception at the Wells Fargo building with a hosted bar and appetizers by Il Fornaio

Live Auction by David Sobon Auctions & Events

Roaming feast by Empress Tavern and Mother restaurants

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CaresFndtion_4cpThe CARES Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides grants to organizations in the Greater Sacramento Area that serve the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, aid in the prevention of HIV/AIDS transmission or raise social awareness to end discrimination and stigma.
Senator Ricardo LaraSenator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was elected with overwhelming support in November 2012 to represent the Southeast Los Angeles County cities of the 33rd Senate District. Raised in a blue collar immigrant household, Ricardo knows first-hand the challenges facing working families and is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians.

Ricardo is one of the most influential members of the State Senate, chairing the powerful Appropriations Committee and serving as a member of the Energy, Utilities and Communications, Governance and Finance, Governmental Organization, and Banking and Financial Institutions committees.

An advocate for the environment, Ricardo created the California Clean Bus, Truck and Freight Program to encourage clean energy while investing in good jobs and authored legislation to create a state plan to address short-lived climate pollutants such as diesel soot, which are known to cause climate warming and negatively impact public health.

A champion for educational equity, civil rights and immigrant rights, Ricardo champions legislation that improves the quality of life for vulnerable communities. He has authored several first-in-the nation laws that recognize and invest in immigrant communities such as the California DREAM Loan Program, which helps undocumented students apply for loans to complete their higher education goals. Supporting California’s entrepreneurial spirit, Ricardo’s bill to update and expand access to professional licensing rules, regardless of immigration status, will stimulate local economies and create jobs.

Working his way through college as a teacher’s assistant in an English immersion classroom, Ricardo believes that multilingual education in schools is important to giving California students the competitive economic and educational edge. That’s why he authored the California Ed.G.E., or Education for a Global Economy Initiative, which will ask voters to revisit the state’s English-only instruction mandate in public schools on the 2016 ballot.

Under his leadership as Chair of the Latino Caucus, the legislature passed AB60 to allow undocumented Californians to obtain driver’s licenses. In the summer of 2014, he organized a fact-finding delegation to visit the Central American unaccompanied minors being held in Ventura County and was instrumental in securing $3 million to be directed toward non-profit organizations providing legal representation to these children.
Ricardo’s record in public service has been recognized at the local, state and national levels. President Barack Obama awarded him a “Champion of Change” at the White House and The Los Angeles Times named Ricardo the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights” in California. Upon winning his election in 2012, he made history by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.
Ricardo earned his B.A. in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.

Former Assemblymember Denny MangersDennis Mangers has recently retired as Senior Advisor to the President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Senator Darrell Steinberg. He is currently serving a three year term as a Public Member of the Board of Governors of the California State Bar.

From 1981 to 2008 he served as principal lobbyist, Senior Vice President and ultimately President of the California Cable & Telecommunications Association.

From 1976 to 1980 he was a member of the California State Assembly representing the 73rd Assembly District.

Dennis was born in Inglewood, California, and raised in Lawndale. He graduated from Leuzinger High School and received an AA degree from El Camino Community College where he was both Freshman Class and Student Body President. He was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California.

Dennis Mangers began his teaching career in the Long Beach Unified School District in 1964 and taught first, second, third and sixth grades.

An accomplished singer, Dennis was one of 18 young performers selected in 1966 in a nationwide talent search by the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Company for a full scholarship to the USC School of Performing Arts. He went on to play featured roles in Civic Light Opera productions of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

In 1968, Mr. Mangers became one of California’s youngest school principals serving first the Earlimart School District in Tulare County and later the Fountain Valley School District in Orange County. In 1969 he was named International Toastmaster of the Year after defeating 8 finalists representing 90,000 Toastmasters from around the world in the International Serious Speech Competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

For the five years prior to his election to the Assembly, Dennis served as Vice-President of American Learning Corporation headquartered in Huntington Beach.

Dennis Mangers is a former member and President of the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees and a former member of the Huntington Beach Parks and Recreation Commission.

He served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps on both the USS Constellation and the USS Hospital Ship Haven.

He is a past-member and President of the Board of Directors of CARES (Center for AIDS, Research, Education and Services), a former President of the California Confederation of the Arts, member and former President of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Ballet, a former member of the Board of Directors of The California Channel, member and former Chair of the Statewide Advisory Council to the Center for California Studies, Chair of the California State University, Advisory Committee on Human Relations, a former member of the California Citizens Commission on Higher Education, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, a former member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Cable Positive, a Class I Senior Fellow and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum’s Mountain Valley Chapter, former Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute For Advancing Unity, former Chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the California Musical Theatre, a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Educare, USC, Long Beach State and El Camino College Alumni Associations, and National Associa¬tion of Eagle Scouts. He is an honorary life member of the PTA and honorary member of Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education.

In the Assembly, Mr. Mangers served on three Assembly Committees and two Subcommittees. He was Chair of the Subcommittee on Educational Reform, a member and Vice Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Rules Committee. In addition, he served on the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Veteran Affairs.

He also served as Chair of the State Legislative Task Force for the Improvement of Pre and In-Service Training for School Administrators.

APIQSC_Logo_V4_SSAPIQSC seeks to support and advocate for the Sacramento Valley Region Asian Pacific Islander Queer and Trans communities, while, in solidarity, honoring the complex identities and shared experiences of similarly marginalized groups.

Our organization began with a meeting between the Marsha Aizumi, Janice Luszczak and Richard R. Carrillo in June 2015. Marsha and Janice are leaders in PFLAG National/PFLAG San Gabriel Valley and Sacramento JACL, respectively, while Richard works with the board of PFLAG Sacramento.

We started with the idea of opening Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ spaces here in the Sacramento Region. Our first goal was to put together a conference space for folks to gather together, to address our specific community and community’s concerns. We continued working on this in July, August and September. Additionally, we received support from APIs Rise in hosting panels: one on the impact of being APIQ/T and seeking acceptance, and another on how to create a political agenda that reflects the unique needs of this community.

In the wake of racially charged community events, our focus pivoted to addressing the hurt experienced in the community, and working within POC and LGBTQ spaces to bring dialogue and healing. Many community members stepped forward to provide leadership, including Swati Rao, Gayle Pitman, Justin Lock, Zeus Mendoza, Christopher Kent, Michelle Huey, May Lee, Dee Lee, Andrew Medina, Andy Noguchi, and Korinne Sugasawara. Laurin Mayeno and Melanie Tervalon acted as our mediators in our more formal discussion spaces, bringing their experience and knowledge into important conversations.

In this time, we continued to organize for the APIQ Homecoming event. We were blessed to have over 130 folks come to our inaugural event in Sacramento, along with 30 speakers from California and Hawaii. The conversations around APIQ/T identity, and social issues impacting this community brought much joy and shared understanding.

Since then, we continue to do work in both API and LGBTQ spaces, and we hope to further connect with POC communities.

Zauna Nuru-BatesZauna is a Sacramento native, entering their junior year of high school. Zauna first came out about four years ago and ever since has been speaking out on the many injustices LGBTQ+
people and people of color face.

During their freshman year of high school, Zauna was able to get an internship with SCUSD LGBTQ Student Support Services and through this internship, they have been able to network and do amazing things for their community. One of the first things they found out about once getting that internship was the Q-Spot’s Wednesday night group and started attending their weekly sessions.

Through their internship, they began sending out semi-monthly newsletters about current issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and current events happening for LGBTQ+ people in Sacramento. From then Zauna was able to train school staff and social work interns about LGBTQ 101 and issues that youth may deal with. During the past two years, Zauna has also been able to speak and hold workshops at different events and put on events of their own. In 2015 they put on a Pride after party for LGBTQ youth called Waves.

At Waves, youth were able to be in a safe place, eat a lot of food, and watch movies with their peers. Also in 2015, they were given the opportunity to give a workshop at a yearly conference called Be Brave, Be You, a leadership conference for LGBTQ+ youth, their workshop entailed different scenarios where attendees had to brainstorm and problem solve through tough situations that LGBTQ+ people in school often are put in.

A year later, Zauna was able to plan and coordinate Be Brave, Be You 2016. With the help of community members, they created flyers, an agenda, found a space, food, presenters, and activities for this conference and it went very successfully. Zauna has a burning passion for helping and supporting LGBTQ youth in their community and hopes to continue to do great work. They have hopes of spreading their activism through the means of graphic design and journalism.

Terry SchanzTerry Schanz embodies the energy and vision of a new generation of leadership in Sacramento.

Schanz currently serves Vice-Chair of the Sacramento County Democratic Party and has been a delegate to the California Democratic Party since 2008. During this time, he has led efforts to increase Democratic voter registration, organize volunteers throughout the County to support local, state and federal Democratic candidates and has been a strong and decisive voice for Democratic values throughout the region.

Schanz has been active in California Democratic politics for years, serving as President of the UC San Diego College Democrats, Political Director for the Iron Workers, Local 229 and helped coordinate the San Diego Central Labor Council’s successful 2000 election efforts.

Schanz began his public service career as a Staff Assistant to former Congressman Robert T. Matsui and a Finance Assistant for the Phil Angelides for Governor campaign. These positions gave Schanz a close working relationship with two of Sacramento’s greatest political icons and solidified Schanz’s commitment to public service.

Schanz currently serves as Chief of Staff to California State Senator Isadore Hall, III. Prior to joining Hall in 2008, Schanz served as Principal Consultant and interim Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Assistant Consultant to former State Senator Kevin Murray. In these roles, Schanz worked on legislation to improve public education, strengthen public safety, foster job creation, increase voter participation, protect the civil rights of Californians, support civic youth education programs and prevent cyber bulling in public schools.

Schanz has been able to successfully navigate the complex political environment of state government and developed a solid reputation as a dynamic, dependable and trusted advisor to some of the most influential public officials in California.

Schanz received his Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Sacramento City College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and conducted post-graduate study in Political Science and African Studies at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

Schanz and his partner Guy are the proud parents of their two Labrador Retrievers, Nelson and Winnie.

Pam WhiteleyCivil Rights comes in all different forms. Pamela was born in Detroit and lived there during the early 60’s before moving to Southern California. What a great time to be in Detroit. She attended a high school in downtown Detroit, Cass Technical High School, and started her activism during this time.

It wasn’t marching in parades or attending festivals but it did involve sit-ins, Ban the Bomb and CORE buttons, talking about how they were going to change the world, hating the Viet Nam war, and believing they were beatniks. Being involved with such a diverse group of people really opened her eyes to what she was feeling. That passion for protecting the rights of others – and her own – stayed with her.

She became involved with PFLAG at the suggestion of two friends, Paul Curtis and Ray Allen. One meeting and she knew this was where she belonged. She is a straight ally and it was easier than she thought it would be to become one.

She has one cousin who is lesbian and she does this for her. She has served on the Board of PFLAG Sacramento for about 12+ years and has held several offices including President, Vice President, and Librarian. She is currently Co-President along with Howard Papworth. She also served for 6 years as Mid Pacific Regional Director working with chapters in Northern California and Nevada and what a wonderful time that was also working with their National office.

PFLAG National started a Straight for Equality program and she’s met so many wonderful allies in all areas. Because of PFLAG she has met Cyndi Lauper and said hello to Liza Minelli and Maya Angelou. “It just doesn’t get any better.” She says.

She retired three years ago from Teledyne Microwave Electronics after 29 years, and now split her volunteering between PFLAG and the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library.

She have a daughter and son who are, intelligent, forward thinking, liberal minded, accepting children and a like-minded son-in-law. She states, “No, I’m not prejudiced, they really are that great.”

Rob StewartRob Stewart is a national award-winning PBS television host, reporter and executive producer, and one of Northern California’s most sought after emcees.

Rob is the Executive Producer and Host of his California television series Rob on the Road, KVIE’s highest rated local program. Simply put, Rob is the California explorer. Rob is also one of the hosts for the national PBS television show America’s Heartland. Rob’s television home base is KVIE in Sacramento, the nation’s 20th largest TV market, where both Rob on the Road and America’s Heartland are produced. In its 8th season, Rob on the Road is one if KVIE’s highest rated and most popular programs.

Rob is a three time Emmy Nominee for Best Television Host in Northern California and has received three California Telly Awards, the 2013 Sacramento Arts Reporter of the Year Award, numerous Society of Professional Journalism and Associated Press Awards and the National Gracie Allen Award for his years of entertainment reporting. Rob is also a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum and serves on the Board of Directors for the Capital City AIDS Fund.

Rob is a tireless advocate for California non-profits benefiting underserved communities. Rob’s passion is reporting stories that help others by demonstrating the power of working together toward the greater good.

Rob has been on television for more than 20 years. He has worked in television markets across the country including Philadelphia, New York City, CT, NJ and SC. Before his move to California in 2008, Rob anchored the nightly news in the Philadelphia television market for WHYY where he was tapped by Delaware Today Magazine as Best TV News Anchor in 2007.

Rob has extensive television anchoring and reporting experience, including live coverage of the terrorists’ attacks in Manhattan on September 11th, the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Inauguration of President Bill Clinton. With more than a decade of entertainment reporting experience, Rob’s national exclusive stories have aired many times on CNN.

It was 30 years ago that bold visionaries first created a haven where LGBT people could build community, find affirmation and lead self-sufficient, healthy, well-adjusted lives. Although the landscape for LGBT people has altered significantly, the Center’s role as a community cornerstone has not wavered, thanks to dedicated, tireless champions whose bold leadership and behind-the-scenes activism has transformed our community.

Now, 30 years later, the Center is a thriving force of dedicated, passionate staff and volunteers that receives almost 250 youth visits each week, distribution of thousands of sexual health and education materials each year, community groups that support seniors, people who are coming out and those living with HIV/AIDS, respite for those experiencing mental health crisis and LGBT-affirming referrals.

The Pride Awards annually recognizes individuals and organizations whose compassion, innovation, generosity and community service create a safer, welcoming, collaborative, just community. Award recipients demonstrate their pride through both their work and in the way they live their lives every day, continuing the legacy of the Lambda Community Center opened in 1986 by Jerry Sloan and the late Timothy Warford, with the help and guarantees of Terry Sidie, Marghe Covino, Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire (CGNIE) Emperor Randy Hartman and others to serve the broader cross-section of the LGBT community.

The 2016 Pride Awards will take place on the iconic Capitol Mall, the same place where Sacramento Pride has its festival. This is a first for this type of event on Capitol Mall and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to host the Pride Awards there!

✉ E-mail Kelli Hannaford | ☏ (916) 443-3855

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Q: How do I nominate someone?
A: A link will be provided on this page to tell us why you think they should receive a Pride Award and provide some contact information so that we can be in touch with them about their nomination. Nominations are now live so you may nominate someone you know now.

Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: No. Nominations are closed and you would have needed to talk to your friends and family about the contest and ask them to nominate you if you would like. Because we would like to hear about your community service and leadership from another person, you cannot nominate yourself.

Q: Can I nominate multiple people?
A: Yes. You can nominate as many people as you like. Start nominating today.

Q: What kind of person should be nominated?
A: Anyone who exemplifies compassion, innovation, generosity, and community service help create a safer, more welcoming, collaborative, socially just, culturally rich, and stigma free LGBT community would make a good nominee. They may serve in an organizational leadership position or they may fly under the radar helping individuals in need. They may be a long time advocate or mentor, or they may be inspiring creativity and innovative thought and action on emerging issues. It is important that they be affecting positive change for people in the LGBT community. Current Sacramento LGBT Community Center employees, contractors and board members are not eligible to receive awards.

Q: Do nominees have to be LGBTQ?
A: No, nominees do not have to be LGBTQ. Many allies to our community have made significant contributions and we welcome their nominations. We welcome nominees across the spectrum of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, geography, income, and abilities.

Q: What is the deadline for nominations?
A: The nomination period will close 5 p.m. June 6, 2016.

Q: What will happen after someone is nominated?
A: A confirmation e-mail to the addresses listed on the nomination form will be sent to both the nominator and the nominee containing a short questionnaire for the nominee to complete. The nominee had until June 8, 2016 to return their responses in order to be considered for an award.

Q: Can I make changes to the nomination once it is submitted?
A: No. Please submit your final nomination thoughts for consideration and take care to provide accurate contact information both for yourself and the nominee.

Q: What if I was nominated, but do not want to be a considered for an award?
A: While we hope you will let us recognize your achievements, we are sensitive to the fact that some community leaders shy away from the spotlight. You will only be considered as an official contestant once you return the questionnaire. If you do not wish to be recognized, simply send an email to and let us know or do not complete the nominee questionnaire.

Q: Can I submit other supporting documentation (awards, certificates, etc.)?
A: No. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not accept additional supporting documentation beyond what is included in your questionnaire. The selection committee will contact you if clarification or additional information is needed.

Q: Can I make changes to my questionnaire once submitted?
A: No. Please submit your final responses to the selection committee.

Q: What is the selection process and how do I know if I won?
A: The Pride Awards Selection Committee will review the responses and nomination information for every contestant who returned a questionnaire. Winners will be selected and announced online a few weeks before the event.

Q: Can I be disqualified from receiving an award?
A: Yes. If we deem your behavior to be unethical we reserve the right to exclude contestants. Also, current Sacramento LGBT Community Center employees, contractors and Board members are not eligible to receive an award.

Q: What happens if I am selected to receive an award?
A: You will receive a Pride Award, have wonderful things said about you at the event, and receive published recognition in Outword Magazine and on our website.

Q: Do I have to be present at the Pride Awards event to win?
A: No. We certainly hope you will join us for a lovely evening at Capitol Mall and give us the opportunity to recognize your accomplishments, but we will be sure to keep your award safe until arrangements can be made to deliver it to you. If you are selected as a finalist, but know you cannot be present at the event we ask you to kindly let us know by emailing as soon as possible.

Q: Do I have to be a financial contributor to the Sacramento LGBT Community Center?
A: No. This community wide contest is for everyone. If you would like to become a contributor of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center please visit

Q: Whom can I contact if I have more questions?
A: You can email us at or call David.Heitstuman at (916) 442-0185 ext.102.