Advocating to Eradicate Stereotyping and Stigma

Recent Ventura Breeze Article by Carol Leish

The Diversity Collective of Ventura County’s ( mission statement, according to program manager, Joseph Fummers, is: “To advocate and celebrate those in the LGBT community and those affected by AIDS.” The Diversity Collective is the organization of these annual events: Ventura County Pride; AIDS Walk Ventura; and, The Diversity Gala. According to, Joseph, “At our recent Ventura Count Pride: 2,500 people attended; 100 vendors participated; and, we raised $80,000.”