"Charity is commendable, everyone should be charitable. But Justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth, justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.
Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table"
~Bill Moyers

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Host of Gay Radio Talk Show in Spanish Format, Roberto Hernandez, Honored by the SF Board of Supervisors

Congratulations Roberto for a well deserved recognition!

I'll not make the pronouncement that "Roberto al Mediodia" Is the first Spanish Format Radio Program conducted by an openly Homosexual man, if there is another please tell me, however, it is important to mention that, albeit his program deals with sex-orientation and gender issues primarily, it covers a wide range of situations and problems that our society faces, same as other mainstream radio programs.

For instance, on "Women's Month" (March), Roberto dedicated the total of his time on the air for the month, on V-Day09, violence against women / girls, and women's issues in general (2 hours total, his program runs 1/2 hour on Fridays at noon)) - Not much time by other program's time-on-air standards, but it is all he had to give, and he gave, not only that, but on the week of Mar. 22 - 28, he mentioned in the first of a few conversations we had on the issue RE making a program on violence against girls / women for the month of March, he decided to do it on the 27 so more people would be aware that March was "International Women's Month", that March 1st was "International Women of Color Day" and that March 8th celebrates "International Women's Day", furthermore, he wanted to promote presentations of the "Vagina Monologues" In Spanish (Los Monologos de La Vagina) For the first time ever in San Francisco and San Jose by two different groups in Commemoration and and as part of the V-Day Campaign against violence - The one in San Francisco with an entire cast of volunteers, where the totality of the proceeds were destined for two organizations which provide basic services and assistance to women victims of violence who are ready to end the cycle, Casa de Las Madres in San Francisco and Casa Amiga in Ciudad Juared, Mexico.

After he did the program, he called me all excited and thrilled with the experience and how good it felt to have a show for a cause in which he believed so strongly, that he had decided to do it for the whole month.

So, actually he dedicated 2 1/2 hours.

Reminds me of the story that Jesus told about the donations that a very wealthy person and a very poor woman made to the church, the rich person was very generous and enjoyed that people saw it, whereas the poor woman, a bit ashamed a how little she was donating, kind of did it surreptitiously. I remember His words "In truth, in truth I tell you..."

And the question which begs an answer is: Who gave more?

Huge crumbs of the one who had a lot, or a little from who did not have much.

Congratulations again Roberto with the gratitude I feel for the good work you do.

Aurora Grajeda
SFCA 052109

Certificate of Honor to Roberto Hernandez

From The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of SF


Roberto Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez is a gay man who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1990. He started from zero, working as dishwasher. Over the years he learned English and situated himself professionally. In 2002 he experienced perhaps the most difficult challenge for a gay men: his sexual orientation was disclosed as a prank call during a radio show airing nationally. Hernandez pursued a lawsuit and three years later the Court favored him. Since then, his focus has been to educating his community against negative stereotyping affecting the LGBT community.

San Francisco, CA (May 19) - The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco hereby issues, and autorizazes the execution of the Certificate of honor in appreciative public recognition of distintion and merit for outstanding service to a significant portion of the poeple of the City and County of San Francisco by Roberto Hernandez.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors applaudes the contributions of Roberto Hernandez to the San Francisco community. Roberto Hernadez, a Spanish-language columnist and announcer, is perhaps the only openly gay Latino in Spanish-language media. Hernandez is the producer and annoucer of "Roberto Al Medio Dia" a radio founded en 2007 on Spanish-language's KIQI 10101AM.

Herandez was a recipient of the 2009 GLAAD Media Award for his writing in Spanish about the gay rights and marriage. Alianza Metropolitan News has also published his columns. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for the fair accurate and inclusive representation of the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors acknowledges Roberto Hernandez's courage, perseverance and complete dedication to equality and justice.

For interviews or further information
please contact Roberto Hernandez directly at 415-517-2948, or

Roberto Al Medio Dia
¡Cambiando de Conversación!
1010AM Area de la Bahía • 990AM Sacramento
Viernes 12:30 del Mediodía
Roberto B. Hernández
Tel. (415) 517-2948

Roberto Al Mediodia

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