www.ambiente.us  JANUARY / ENERO 2006

AMBIENTE Nombra Sus 10 Figuras de Orgullo Hispano LGBT del 2005

La Revista Ambiente y Ambiente TV les brinda homenaje a personas ó instituciones que de una forma u otra
se han destacado como Orgullo Hispano de la comunidad LGBT (lésbica, gay, bisexual, transgénero) y
sus esfuerzos.  Este año, por su labor a favor de la comunidad.
El reconocimiento de las 10 Figuras de Orgullo Hispano LGBT del 2005 recae en los siguientes:

AMBIENTE Names the Top 10 Hispanic LGBT Pride Awards for 2005
Ambiente Magazine and Ambiente TV pay tribute to persons or institutions that in one way or another have
risen to represent the Pride of the Hispanic LGBT (lésbica, gay, bisexual, transgénero) community and its
efforts. This year, for their efforts on behalf of the community, the 10 Hispanic LGBT Pride Awards for 2005
recognition goes to...
MARTA DONAYRE          AXEL JAVIER           SHERIFF LUPE VALDEZ           MONICA TAHER
WOOLLEY-LLAREA FAMILY         MARYTRINI        CITY OF MIAMI POLICE     JOE GRANDA
UNION POSITIVA     LATINO/HISPANIC WOMEN & MEN IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES   


































Marta Donayre
www.martadonayre.com
OUTSpoken Column in El Observador – San Francisco Bay Area paper
Love Sees No Borders founder
Donayre has represented, fought for and lead a nationwide effort on behalf of the rights of same-sex couples
and their legal/immigration
obstacles.


Axel Javier
www.unifiedhearts.com
Thru his positive efforts, spirituality, eloquence and steadfast waking across the country -Cape Coral to
Tallahassee, Cape Coral to Chicago, and this coming spring, Cape Coral to Washington D.C. – Javier has
brought new awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the need for more awareness, education & funding.


Sheriff Lupe Valdez
With a 26+ year career in law enforcement, Valdez is the first woman, first Latina, first lesbian, and first
Democrat in three decades to be elected sheriff in Dallas County, Texas.


Monica Taher
www.glaad.org
GLAAD - People of Color Media Director
Taher has established and led a solid Latino presence within GLAAD, and has continually represented the
Latino/Hispanic LGBT community in a respectable, professional and sensitive manner.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair,
accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating
homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Woolley-Larrea Family
Maria and Stephanie Woolley-Larrea have spent thousands of dollars struggling for equality. Stephanie is the
birth mother of their triplets. They married and Maria legally adopted the children in Massachusetts while they
maintained a home in Florida.  The Wolley-Larrea’s represent thousands of LGBT & Latino LGBT families
that are loving, functioning and legitimate, yet not protected or acknowledged by state or federal laws.


MaryTrini
www.clubazucar.com  A staple in South Florida’s entertainment stages and a regular on local, national &
International TV, Marytrini, this character interpretation by Alex Fernandez, originally from Cuba, has developed
a loyal following with comedic co-stars Las Divas Del Jacuzzi, presents a positive image for the LGBT
community, promoting literacy, arts education, works against domestic violence and for immigrants rights,
and can be seen on the only weekly nationally televised Latino/Hispanic LGBT show - Ambiente TV.

City of Miami Police                                                                                                   
Unity Coalition, Ambiente Magazine & TV, and the City of Miami Police Department have established an
ongoing relationship of cooperation, information sharing and community involvement on issues of importance
to the Latino/Hispanic LGBT community. Detective Carlos Castellanos and the City of Miami Police
Department have been instrumental and constant with their ongoing commitment to our community, which
has resulted in arrests, community awareness, vigilance and education.

Joe Granda                                                                                            
www.grandaent.com President/CEO of Granda Entertainment, LLC., Granda has been part of the Miami Music
scene for decades.  Singing, writing, producing and promoting some of the worlds leading entertainers,
Granda has been instrumental in performances and media appearances by Thalia, La India, Fey, Gloria Trevi,
and many more, in established Latino/LGBT venues.  Thru these performers and their participation in LGBT
establishments, Granda has established a track record of tolerance, support and awareness by the
International media for our community.

Union Positiva
www.unionpositiva.org  Union Positiva, an organization aimed at helping Spanish-speakers to treat and
prevent HIV/AIDS was started in 1997 as a program to send pamphlets and prevention information packets to
Latin American countries. Now it offers free anonymous HIV testing and counseling, prevention and treatment
education, referrals and outreach programs.
Over the last few years Union Positiva has successfully developed and implemented a communitywide
billboard campaign, targeting Latino/Hispanics & educating them about HIV/AIDS prevention & Awareness.


Latino/Hispanic Women & Men in the U.S. Armed Forces                                                           
Latinos make up 9.5 percent of the actively enlisted U.S. forces, they are over-represented in the categories
that get the most dangerous assignments -- infantry, gun crews and seamanship -- and make up over 17.5
percent of the front lines.
These worries have been exacerbated during the recent conflict in Iraq. As of Aug. 28, Department of Defense
(DOD) statistics show a casualty rate of more than 13 percent for people of Hispanic background serving in
Iraq.  The number of Latino/Hispanic soldiers who have died in Iraq as of November 2005 is 214.


Ambiente Editor-in-Chief, Herb Sosa



AMBIENTE Magazine is a bilingual Hispanic gay publication produced monthly, free of charge, distributed electronically
around the globe, and reaches over 30,000 loyal readers monthly, with a direct market of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and
South America.
AMBIENTE TV con Ron Brenesky is the first of its kind, weekly national Latino/Hispanic LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender) TV program, dedicated to informing, educating and entertaining the community on positive Hispanic arts, culture
and life issues in our community.  AMBIENTE TV can be seen via Nueva Vidavision TV.

AMBIENTE Revista es una publicacion bilingue hispana gay con enfoque en la Florida, el Caribe y America Latina.  
AMBIENTE se produce mensualmente, se ofrece en forma gratuita y se envia eletronicamente por todo el mundo a miles de
lectores fieles.  
AMBIENTE TV con Ron Brenesky es el primer programa latino/hispano gay nacional de television dedicado a informar,
educar y entretener a la comunidad sobre asuntos positivos de arte, cultura y vida en la comunidad.   Nuestro Mercado directo
es los Estados Unidos el Caribe y Latino America.  Ambiente TV se transmite nacionalmente via Nueva Vidavision TV.

   www.ambiente.us                786-356-1665                    849 SW 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33130




AMBIENTE Names Its Top 10 List of LGBT Hispanic Pride for 2004
ORGULLO HISPANO 2004
Ambiente Magazine and  Ambiente TV con Ron Brenesky pays tribute to persons or institutions that in one way
or another have risen to represent the Pride of the Hispanic LGBT (lésbica, gay, bisexual, transgénero)
community and its efforts. This year, for their efforts of behalf of the community, the recognition of Orgullo
Hispano LGBT del 2004 goes to:



City of Miami Beach   The City of Miami Beach expanded its non-discrimination law to provide protections to
transgender people, provides partner benefits to its employees, developed language and requirements for all
city contracts that protect  the LGBT community, and now offers a same sex partners registry to all of its
citizens.

Xavier Cortada The Miami-based Cuban-American artist, attorney, and activist has worked collaboratively with
diverse groups across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa to create pro-social community
murals and participant-driven art projects.  His community work includes fighting poverty, reducing violence,
empowering youth, HIV/AIDS education, injustices in our society and the fight against drug abuse.
Xavier Cortada has exhibited his works in museums, galleries, and cultural venues around the world and has
pioneered the use of the Internet in collaborative art-making. He has been commissioned to create art for The
White House, World Bank, Nike, HBO, Global Health Council and Miami Art Museum.



Gerardo Higginson Former public information officer and journalist for Spanish-language station Telemundo,
Gerardo Higginson is the new rising star of the Immigrant and LGBT communities in Phoenix, AZ.
Mayor Phil Gordon appointed Higginson as his senior assistant responsible for Spanish and minority media
relations and also serves as liaison between the Mayor's Office and two different groups: the city's immigrant
and LGBT communities.  This position is a good fit for Higginson, who was born in Lima, Peru and raised in
San Francisco, California. He brings experience and credibility as a respected journalist, possesses excellent
people skills, a high ethical standard and has a special focus on the well-being of community residents.
Higginson has used his communication skills to connect GLBT residents with city services, and to support
gay media in their efforts to cover the city.  



Dr. Laura Leyva After developing & establishing Family AIDS Coalition, a non-profit community based
organization serving youth, adults and families on all issues of HIV/AIDS in South Florida, Ms. Leyva offered
herself as a candidate for the Florida House of  Representatives.  Although she did not win that election, her
positive focus on womens issues,  immigration, child care and education, and pro-human rights platform,
brought much needed attention to issues important to our community.


Maria Elvira Salazar  Ms. Salazar and the show she produces has been a leader in the effort to bring issues of
importance to the Hispanic LGBTQ community to the general the general viewing audience.  The result has
been an added awareness on HIV/AIDS education, adoption issues, same sex civil unions, and a variety of
other issues that affect our South Florida community.


Pedro Julio Serrano Serrano is the founder of Puerto Rico para Todos, a non-profit group in Puerto Rico that
fights for equal rights on behalf of the LGBT community. Serrano, who almost ran for the Puerto Rican Senate,
is active with the local press and public demonstrations. Serrano has been a key player in the efforts to raise
awareness to defeat the sodomy law, same sex marriages and human rights for all.


Nueva VidaVision TV  For having the vision, leadership and courage to launch Ambiente TV con Ron
Brenesky, the first of its kind weekly national Latino/Hispanic LGBT program, airing in over 85 markets
nationally, and mirroring the topics, issues and subject matter reviewed each month in Ambiente magazine.


¡SIGAMOS ADELANTE! ... NATIONAL LGBT LATINA/O/HISPANIC FORUM- Seattle, WA.
After nearly two decades of national representation of the Latina/o/Hispanic LGBTQ community, LLEGÓ, the
only National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization closed it doors due to financial and
administrative difficulties.   Although a terrible blow to the efforts and organizations representing the
Latino/Hispanic LGBTQ communities of the US and Latin America, community leaders decided to move
forward, develop a new vision and reorganize, establishing Sigamos Adelante, a national dialogue of
community leaders and organizations with the mission to develop & keep a strong, clear and responsible
national voice for the Latino/Hispanic LGBTQ community.  We applaud the national Latino/Hispanic LGBTQ
leaders for their continued efforts.


Elliot Torres Elliot Torres is a young Latino man with many talents, opinions and layers.  Elliot has penned the
very moving Five Years of Solitary, a book of poetry which delves into his personal life, being gay, and the
lonely and dark period of time in his life between the ages of 17-22, and most recently had published his
second book, Undaunted: A Poetic Journey.  Through his work, Elliot gives our Latino youth a face, voice and
shows them they are not alone.


Richard Zaldivar Executive director and founder of The Wall-Las Memorias
Project, which after over 10 years of planning, was recently unveiled in Lincoln Park, just east of downtown
Los Angeles.  The Wall-Las Memorias Project (www.thewalllasmemorias.org) was founded in 1993 to
educate the Latino community about HIV/AIDS, and to show how denial hurts families, communities, and
people living with HIV and AIDS.

The Wall-Las Memorias Project has grown to include other programs which
promote self-esteem, understanding and community, including discussion and
support groups for men, young adults and mothers, an HIV/AIDS prevention
program that reaches out to communities of faith, and a men¹s softball team.
It also has a history of engaging in community activism and promoting community involvement. The
organization¹s efforts in Los Angeles and in Baja California have resulted in the naming of an AIDS hospice
in Tijuana in honor of the organization: Casa Hogar Las Memorias.


Ambiente Editor-in-Chief, Herb Sosa


AMBIENTE Magazine is a bilingual Hispanic gay publication produced monthly, free of charge, distributed electronically
around the globe, and reaches over 30,000 loyal readers monthly, with a direct market of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and
South America.
AMBIENTE TV con Ron Brenesky is the first of its kind, weekly national Latino/Hispanic LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender) TV program, dedicated to informing, educating and entertaining the community on positive Hispanic arts, culture
and life issues in our community.  AMBIENTE TV can be seen via Nueva Vidavision TV.

AMBIENTE Revista es una publicacion bilingue hispana gay con enfoque en la Florida, el Caribe y America Latina.  
AMBIENTE se produce mensualmente, se ofrece en forma gratuita y se envia eletronicamente por todo el mundo a miles de
lectores fieles.  
AMBIENTE TV con Ron Brenesky es el primer programa latino/hispano gay nacional de television dedicado a informar,
educar y entretener a la comunidad sobre asuntos positivos de arte, cultura y vida en la comunidad.   Nuestro Mercado directo
es los Estados Unidos el Caribe y Latino America.  Ambiente TV se transmite nacionalmente via Nueva Vidavision TV.


   www.ambiente.us                 786-356-1665                    849 SW 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33130