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Dr. Virginia Uribe
(? - living) U.S.A.

Virginia Uribe

Teacher, and counselor

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When Dr. Uribe was a counselor and science teacher at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles Unified School District, she watched a young boy be beaten down by homosexual taunting and violent threats. The boy had already been transferred from school three times, trying to find a place where he could learn in peace.

She realized that in started up such a program, she would have to disclose her own homosexuality. Married and a mother of two, her struggle for self-acceptance was long and difficult. Growing up in the Catholic Church did not help matters. In 1984, Uribe sat down with students at her school and talked about the problems gay and lesbian students face. The outcome was "Project 10".

After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1998, Dr. Uribe began her new role as the executive director and major fundraiser for Friends of Project 10, Inc., the nonprofit arm of the Project 10 program.

Dr. Uribe continues to be a regular target of organized political groups opposed to the Project 10 program. She has stated her case for civil rights on national and local radio, television programs and in the print media including substantial feature articles in the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Dr. Uribe continues to challenge individuals and organized political groups opposed to Project 10. She remains a dedicated advocate and strong voice for human rights.

In addition to her speaking engagements, Dr. Uribe has published extensively about gay and lesbian youth issues. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Education Digest, High School Journal, Theory into Practice and a special issue of the Harvard Educational Review.

Dr. Uribe's many honors include the 1992 National Education Association Annual Human and Civil Rights Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights, the 1999 Liberty Award from the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for her work with gay youth, and the Women of Distinction Award for the year 2000 from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The California State Senate and Assembly, the Los Angeles City Council, and the American Civil Liberties Union have also honored Dr. Uribe.

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