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.
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INFO & HELPLINE:330-342-5825
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Membership-Chuck Magilavy,Publicity-Marie Libby; Library-DavidGreene; Hospitality-Rada Jenkins;Newsletter-Audrey Kancler
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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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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 email@example.com.
YOU ALWAYS HAVE A HOME AT PFLAG