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February 2013 Newsletter

February 2013 Newsletter

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Sharing our personal stories works
I have been considering what exactly PFLAGdoes. Yes, we educate, advocate and support,and we do a darn fine job of it, too, but howprecisely do we accomplish those lofty goals inour monthly meetings? What really happensthere?An article in the
Intelligent Optimist 
magazine—one of my favorite publications—resonated withthat question. In their December 2012 edition,Kristen Webb wrote an article on a form of counseling termed “Brief Therapy.” In essence,brief therapy is:There when you need it;Acknowledges that the first step in finding asolution is realizing that there is a problem youneed help with;Respects each person as individuals;Empowers them to take charge of their ownlives;Helps individuals draw out existing strengths toovercome challenges;Helps prioritize what is helpful and relevant inthe here and now;Operates on the premise that change is inevita-ble;Encourages the understanding that another reality is available besides the one currentlycausing stress;Recognizes that is even those feelings we maybelieve are less that desirable have an impor-tant role in our lives and can often lead to posi-tive change;And re-affirms that small changes in the way wethink, talk, and act can have an enormous im-pact on our lives.Brief therapy can help create lifelong changes.Is it just me, or did these points describe so
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 By Kim Mosyjowski, Akronchapter president 
this issue
Chapter Info
Coming Events
Presidential Inauguration
Horowitz to present on gay marriage, Judaism
Rabbi David Horowitz, PFLAG National presi-dent, will present a “Lunch and Learn” program,“Why Gay Marriage is a Jewish Issue,” on Sat-urday, Feb. 16 at Beth El-The Heights Syna-gogue, 3246 Desota Ave., Cleveland.
The lunch and presentation will follow services,which begin at 9:15 a.m. and end between noonand 12:15 p.m. The event is free and open tothe community. No reservations required.Rabbi Horowitz is a board member for AkronPFLAG and is a former president of the chapter.He is Rabbi emeritus of Temple Israel in Akronand has served congregations in Indiana andQueensland, Australia.Beth El is kosher and requests that no outsidefood or drink be brought in. For info call 216-320-9667 or emailinfo@bethelheights.org.
Natl. LGBTmuseumproposedfor D.C.
Furniture magnateMitchell Gold and hisspouse, former Smith-sonian researcher TimGold, are leading an effortto create an LGBT historymuseum in the nation’scapitol, according to TheGay People’s Chronicle.The couple is raisingmoney and collectingartifacts for the project,which they expect to re-quire $50 to $100 millionto complete.Tim Gold said the tookshape while he was read-ing about James Smith-son, founder of the Smith-sonian, who may havebeen gay, The Chroniclereported. 
Our Mission
PFLAG promotes the healthand well-being of gay, lesbian,bisexual, and transgender persons, their families andfriends through SUPPORT tocope with an adverse society;EDUCATION to enlighten an ill-informed public; andADVOCACY to enddiscrimination and to secure
civil rights.PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexualorientation and gender identityand acts to create a society thatis healthy and respectful of human diversity.
PO Box 5471Akron, OH 44334
INFO & HELPLINE:330-342-5825
Executive Board
President-Kim Mosyjowski; VP-BillLibby; Secretary-Joe Gardner;Treasurer-Sue Magilavy; At Large-Chris Goldthorpe, Bob and ValerieHempel, David Horowitz, Marie Libby,Ed and Audrey Kancler, JoeMosyjowski, Bob Menapace
Committee Chairs
Membership-Chuck Magilavy,Publicity-Marie Libby; Library-DavidGreene; Hospitality-Rada Jenkins;Newsletter-Audrey Kancler 
615 Prospect St.Berea, OH 44017
Executive Board
President-Sharon Groh-Wargo;VP-Jeanette Nemcek; Treasurer-ArtThomson; Secretary-MarianneBuccini; At Large-Alan Cohen, BillFranklin, Craig Hoffman; Newsletter-Pat Brandt; Snacks-Rebecca and CarlSchultz; Technology-Corey Glaze andQuentin Jamieson
Annual business meeting
The Cleveland chapter annual business meetingwill be held on March 12 (before the support groupmeeting) from 6:00-7:00 p.m. A light supper will beserved prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland International Film Festival
The chapter will once again sponsor a film in the37th Cleveland International Film Festival, April 3-14. Details to follow.
Our deepest condolences go out to PFLAG pastpresident Robin Richmond on the passing of hiswife of 29 years, Judith Wolfe.Judith, age 59, passed away on January 16 after aremarkable and courageous 10-year battle withcolon cancer. View the full obituary athttp://www.dignitymemorial.com.
Cleveland chapter news
much of what happens with PFLAG? No, aswe clearly state every month as we read our mission statement, we are NOT acting astherapists or counselors of any kind. However,take a look at that list. How many points doyou think describe what PFLAG achieves?What are we doing each month at our meet-ing? Let’s take a look:We are there when we are needed. In additionto monthly meetings we have a strong onlineand social media presence loaded with re-sources and information, and we have a hot-line for anyone who wants to talk to caringperson.We acknowledge that making that walk into thefirst PFLAG meeting or reaching out via emailor phone is a huge first step.And then, well, we share our stories. In thecourse of two hours each person has the op-portunity to be thrice heard as we listen andshare in a large group, in a smaller group, andone-on-one. Whoever structured our meetingtime did so wisely. We show our vulnerabilities,our victories, joys, sorrows, successes, andsetbacks. We relate that coming out or comingto terms with a different reality is a process.We ask questions, we offer resources andunderstanding, and, perhaps most importantly,we listen. Every single person desires to beheard. We do that well; we have some skilledlisteners amongst us. More specifically, wehave some skilled listeners with caringhearts—and that, I suspect, is what is makingall the difference to so many who comethrough the doors.PFLAG has made enormous, lasting differ-ences on personal, local, state and nationallevels. Brief Therapy? Naw, we have some-thing even better. We have PFLAG.
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LGBT survey
Documenting student experiencesat academic medical centers
The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health isconducting an anonymous survey of LGBTexperiences of students at academic medicalcenters, specifically related to bias, discrimina-tion or harassment. The survey takes about15 minutes to complete and responses will beconfidentially stored in a secure database. Toparticipate, visithttps://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=emjPRJ. Contact the principle in-vestigator atminoo.sarkarati@vanderbilt.edu.
Cleveland officially rolled out the rainbowcarpet for the 2014 Gay Games with a previewof the city's Terminal Tower lit in rainbow colors.
Lesbians, gays and bisexuals who are out havelower stress hormones than those who hide their sexuality, according to a recent study reported inthe International Business Times.Researchers at the Centre for Studies on Hu-man Stress (CSHS) at the Louis H. LafontaineHospital in Montreal found that LGBs who hadcome out as gay had fewer symptoms of anxi-ety, depression and burnout.Lead author Robert-Paul Juster said in theTimes article, "Our goals were to determine if the mental and physical health of lesbians, gaymen and bisexuals differs from heterosexualsand, if so, whether being out of the closet makesa difference."Lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals who wereout to family and friends had lower levels of psy-chiatric symptoms and lower morning cortisollevels than those who were still in the closet."Cortisol is a stress hormone that can affect thehealth of biological systems in the body.The study examined 87 men and women whowere around 25 years old. They filled out psy-chological questionnaires and provided salivasamples to measure stress levels.Juster said in the Times article, "Coming out isno longer a matter of popular debate but a mat-ter of public health. Internationally, societiesmust endeavour to facilitate this self-acceptanceby promoting tolerance, progressing policy, anddispelling stigma for all minorities."
Study: Coming out improves mental health
Hockey leads theway for sportsinclusion in Ohio
Gay Hockey Ohio (astatewide group of playersand fans), the Ohio Mayhem(the state’s only gay hockeyteam) and the Ohio StateUniversity men’s hockeyteam joined efforts to host aPride Night during an OSUhockey game versus NotreDame on February 1.According to a news articleat OutlookColumbus.com,the event was to includepresentation of a videotaped message by OSUCoach Mark Asiecki, AthleticDirector Gene Smith, andseveral members of theOSU team for You Can Play,an organization dedicated toensuring equality, respectand safety for all athletes,regardless of sexualorientation.The event was thought to bethe first-of-its-kind event for LGBT fans at a Division Ischool. OSU planned to usethe event to launch a newathletic department initiativeto promote inclusiveness insports.
 By Debra Kimble, chapter newsletter managing editor 
Scout policy change won’t affect local troops
Although the Boy Scouts of America are considering liftingtheir longtime ban on gay mem-bers and leaders, any nationalpolicy change is unlikely to af-fect troops at the local level.The national organization setspolicies for the nearly 300 re-gional councils that governsome 116,000 local troops, saidthe NPR report. However, evenif a policy change were ap-proved at the national level,local scout troops would still bepermitted to set their own lead-ership and membership rules.The organization has been un-der increasing pressure tochange its policy by negativemedia coverage, decliningmembership, and the loss of several corporate contributors.UPS, Intel, Merck and UnitedWay have halted financial sup-port in the past year, stating theScouts’ ban on gays conflictswith their corporate policies.In recent months many mem-bers and former members of the Scouts have gone publicwith calls to reform the policy,including Jennifer Tyrrell, theBridgeport, Ohio, den mother who was ousted for being alesbian, and Zach Wahls, anEagle Scout who foundedScouts for Equality.However, according to a reportby National Public Radio, theBoy Scouts draw the majority of its funding and meeting re-sources from the Mormon andCatholic churches and other religious organizations, whichhave publicly supported theanti-gay policy.

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