Northeast Ohio

May 2011 Vol. 42 No. 5









A joint publication of the Akron and Cleveland chapters

Inside this issue:
About Us Equality Ohio Events Medical news School news 2 2 3-4 5 6

By Ed Kancler, Akron chapter president

May 19, June 16 - 7 pm
N. Springfield Presbyt. 671 N. Canton Rd.

Brendan Greeley, of Bloomberg Business News, recently wrote the following:

So, I started thinking, how does this apply to LBGT? Where do LGBT folk obtain life, liberty, and the “The United States has pursuit of happiness? It no purpose. That is perhaps would appear that something its greatest achievement. more is needed than what America’s founding docuGreeley says. And, while all ment, its Declaration of Inde- of this may seem obvious, pendence, allows that a state what is also clear is that getexists only to secure life, lib- ting life, liberty, and the purerty and the pursuit of happi- suit of happiness cannot ocness. That’s it.” cur without law. Pretty profound words. Look at our history. FreeAt first, I was impressed. But, ing the slaves, protecting like so many things, the devil children from sweatshops, is in the details. Once we get rights to unionize, safety in the workplace, keeping busipast the simplicity of Mr. ness in line as much as posGreeley’s observation, we sible, women’s rights, and have to think about how a civil rights all required laws. state, the United States of America, exists to secure life, And, oh yeah, what about LGBT rights? liberty, and the pursuit of Not a single thing to sehappiness. Whose life? What cure life, liberty, and the purliberty? Whose happiness?

suit of happiness has happened in our country without a struggle—a real struggle. Slavery existed until law stepped in. Little kids did not get out of the sweatshop without law. And, as to all of the above, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness did not occur until laws were enacted. It doesn’t mean perfection was achieved, yet protection was afforded in each instance. But, not without a struggle. That’s the way it is. That’s why we must not let up in the struggle for LGBT rights—human rights that are universal—because laws are needed so that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness exist for everyone. Equally. No exceptions. No asterisks. Just equality for all.

Cleveland PFLAG
May 10, June 14 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal 2230 Euclid Ave,, 44115

Alliance PFLAG

Wooster PFLAG
May 19, June 16 - 7 pm
Universalist Fellowship 3186 Burbank Rd.
Please call ahead to confirm.

Youngstown PFLAG
May 15, June 19 - 3 pm
Stonewall Comm. Ctr. 1523 Poland Ave.

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Equality Ohio and Pepsi Refresh
Our Mission
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through SUPPORT to cope with an adverse society; EDUCATION to enlighten an ill-informed public; and ADVOCACY to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Pepsi is giving away some serious money through its Pepsi Refresh Everything Project, and Equality Ohio may have a great shot at winning some of it. Each month Pepsi puts together a “Progressive Slate” of potential nonprofit awardees. Equality Ohio is partnering with several other organizations on a “Progressive Slate” for the month of May. Sign up to be a daily voter at http:// signup.php?name=equalityohio. As a daily voter, you’ll receive a short email each morning with a link where you can cast up to 5 votes each day for all of the organizations on the Progressive Slate, including Equality Ohio. The results will be in at the end of the month.

In January, GLSEN was awarded $250,000 through this project to send “Safe Space” kits to 10,000 schools across the country to help make schools safer for LGBT students. Join Equality Ohio and its progressive partners to make an impact in our communities. Take a moment to sign up and vote today.

PO Box 5471 Akron, OH 44334
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Equality Ohio seeks board members, interns
The Equality Ohio Education Fund board is currently seeking qualified candidates with a strong passion for equal rights. The Education Fund was created in 2005 as a sister nonprofit organization to Equality Ohio. The two work in tandem to open hearts and minds through education and stories, and to impact the political arena for proequality. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications and the skills they would bring to the board, along with a current resume to Ron Templin at Equality Ohio is also looking for capable, informed individuals for its internship program. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at least half-time as a graduate or undergraduate student, or have successfully completed a graduate or undergraduate degree program not more than 12 months prior to application. Applicants should also have outstanding research, communication and organizational skills, be comfortable working in a diverse environment, and have a strong commitment to equality and inclusiveness. Some familiarity with political processes is also helpful. For details, contact Kim Welter at or 614-2240400.

HELPLINE: 330-342-5825
Executive Board
President-Ed Kancler; VP-Bill Libby; Secretary-Joe Gardner; Treasurer-Sue Magilavy; At Large-Chris Goldthorpe, David Horowitz, Marie Libby, Audrey Kancler, Joy Watts, Jim Lake, Chuck Magilavy, Bob Menapace

Committee Chairs
Membership-Trish Casserly; Programopen; Publicity-Marie Libby; LibraryDavid Greene; Hospitality-Rada Jenkins; Newsletter-Audrey Kancler

615 Prospect St. Berea, OH 44017

INFOLINE: 216-556-1701
Executive Board
President-Sharon Groh-Wargo; VP-Jes Sellers; Secretary-Marianne Buccini; Treasurer-Art Thomson; At Large-Alan Cohen, Diana DeForest, Craig Hoffman; Legislative Coordinator-Tom Roese; Newsletter-Pat Brandt; Snacks-Gail Smith; Librarian-Gene Ashley; Webmaster-Quentin Jamieson

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PFLAG National Convention
Washington, DC
Nov. 3-6, 2011
Join us in our nation’s capital for the 2011 PFLAG Ellen & Betty DeGeneres National Convention, when we bring the message home from our house to the White House. PFLAG National recently announced that the keynote speaker for the convention will be Betty DeGeneres, the quintessential PFLAG mom of Ellen DeGeneres. Visit for a full schedule and registration. Discounts available if registered by May 31.

Join the PRIDE festivities
The 2011 Columbus Pride parade and festival kicks off June 18 at noon on Front Street in downtown Columbus. Our local PFLAGers who attend this event say it’s one of the best. For Columbus Pride festival information, go online to: The following weekend (June 25) will kick off the Pride parade and festival right here in Cleveland. This is a special year for Cleveland Pride because Cleveland is hosting the Gay Games, which are just around the corner. Cleveland Pride’s parade starts at 1:00 p.m. along West 3rd Street and ends at Voinovich Bicentennial Park (North Coast Harbor, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). Festivities run until 8:00 p.m. Cleveland’s Pride parade, rally and festival is a tradition attended by LGBT and nonLGBT community members throughout Northeast Ohio. We always try to have a good PFLAG showing at the parade. For marching/festival info:

Conversation with Ed Mullen
Equality Ohio Executive Director Ed Mullen will speak at the monthly meeting of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats at the Cleveland Ed Mullen LGBT Center, 6600 Detroit Ave., on Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. For info: http://clevelandstonewall

Maltz Museum exhibit and dinner
Join PFLAG Cleveland for a thought provoking visit to the Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, followed by dinner, on June 22 at 6:00 p.m. The multi-media exhibit is a collection from The Progressive Corporation and features provocative, contemporary art that explores themes of diversity, prejudice and tolerance. Our tour at 6:00 p.m. will be followed by a very informal dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Corky and Lenny’s Deli, 27091 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere Village (about 1 mile from museum). Cost for the tour is $8 for adults, $6 students and seniors. No charge for museum mem-

bers with their membership card. Please plan to meet at the museum for the tour. Space is limited, so advance reservations are required. Please remit payment to “Tom Reese” by check prior to this event. Mail to: Tom Reese, 10803 Watercress Rd., Strongsville, OH 44149.


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Cleveland Out & About events
Out and About is an allvolunteer outdoor recreational group serving Northeast Ohio. Although primarily a gay and lesbian organization, the group welcomes all to participate in its activities. Upcoming events: Sat., June 5 at 11:00 a.m.— Annual canoe trip and cookout Sat., June 11—Greenway Trail Bike Ride at Western Reserve Greenway in Trumbull County. $15 per rider. Preregistration is required by May 23. Visit website for details. Thur., June 30 at 6:30 p.m.— Upper Cuyahoga kayak float. Preregistration required. Sun., July 31 at 1:00 p.m.— Learn stand-up paddle boating at Hinkley Lake in Medina County. Preregistration required. Aug. 19-21—Annual camping trip at Findley State Park. For details and registration:

Cleveland GIFT cruise
The 23rd annual Cleveland GIFT cruise aboard the Goodtime III will embark on Sat., June 11 at the East 9th St. pier behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This has become one of the single most attended LGBT events in town. Proceeds benefit charity. Ticket info:

North Coast Men’s Chorus

CANAPI groups
CANAPI offers the following group meetings at 895 N. Main St., Akron. Teen Pride—meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. New Pride—offers support for individuals who are coming out. It is designed for people 18 and older at any stage in the coming out process. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Lesbian Unity—Meets 1st Thursday of the month from 6:008:00 p.m. Drop In Hours—Open hours for anyone to visit and find support are held every Sunday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. For more information, email or call 330-2521559.

“Friends to the End” will be held June 18 and 19 at Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The men’s chorus will be joined by Cleveland’s feminist chorus, Windsong. Ticket info:

“Community Shares” lunch
Community Shares, an organization supporting social justice nonprofits, including the Cleveland LGBT Center, will host a power lunch on Tues., June 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore in the west Flats Powerhouse.

Now showing on YouTube
“In My Shoes” is a short film that follows five teens who have an LGBTQ parent. Winner of the 2005 Audience Award for best short film at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. See the fulllength version: v=Z9xfHqT1HEY&feature=player_embedded.

Colors of Cleveland fest
Colors of Cleveland will host an LGBTQA festival embracing the “cultural melting pot” that is Cleveland, on Sat., July 23 at noon in Voinovich Bicentennial Park (North Coast Harbor).

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“I’m From Driftwood” features local woman
Featured in one of our past newsletters, I’m From Driftwood ( offers written and video stories from LGBT people living all over the country and the world, in order to help LGBT youth realize they are not alone. Last year, IFD embarked on an ambitious 4-month, 50-state Story Tour to collect and share more LGBT stories. One is from a Cleveland woman named Sonya who works for Colors of Cleveland Pride. View Sonya’s and other stories at 03/22/im-from-cleveland-oh-video-story.

Reports call for more research on LGBT health issues
Health research organizations, government agencies and news media are calling for more research on the specific health needs of LGBT populations. In March, the influential Institute of Medicine released a report entitled, “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Understanding.” The report recommends steps to ensure that clinical researchers identify and address the specific needs of LGBT populations, in response to a request by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report indicates that researchers still have a great deal to learn about the health needs of LGBT populations. The main challenge is that most governmental health surveys do not collect demographic information on an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also publicized its intentions to increase services to the LGBT community. The department announced that it will increase the number of federally-funded surveys that collect sexual orientation and gender identity data, and encourage health profession training programs to include LGBT cultural competency curricula. It will integrate a stronger component focused on LGBT youth health issues, and require that all organizations serving runaway and homeless youth be equipped to serve LGBT youth. The department’s recommendations were in response to a request by President Obama to explore steps the agency could take to improve the lives of LGBT people. In April, the National Academy of Sciences released a report calling for an increased effort in including LGBT people in health studies to better understand the health conditions that affect the community. The Academy recommended the systematic collect demographic data on LGBT people and the need for “biomedical research to understand why they are more likely to have certain chronic conditions.” The Academy proposed an ambitious research agenda to investigate the prevalence and causes of obesity, depression, cancer, heart disease, and other health conditions in gay people. LGBT groups around the country have applauded the continued trend in U.S. health policy to improve the lives of LGBT individuals and their families.

Gay Games has new website
The 2014 Gay Games, to be hosted in Cleveland, has launched a new website: The Games are now being hosted by the Federation of Gay Games in partnership with an umbrella organization composed of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, city officials, and community leaders. For right now, the site is mostly designed to solicit volunteers and sponsors, but also lists the 34 sports on the schedule for the 8-day event. We anticipate more content in the months ahead.

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GLSEN launches project to address K-12 sports
In an effort to make K-12 sports and physical education safer and more inclusive for children, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, GLSEN, a diverse coalition of athletes, journalists and sports figures have launched “Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project.” The project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principals of respect, safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches, regardless of sexual orientation of gender identity/ expression. The project site (http://sports. features a collection of “game plan” resources for athletes, athletic administrators, coaches and parents, a "game changer” video project, and a Team Respect Challenge for teams to commit to treat all teammates with respect. More Changing the Game programs will be introduced in the coming months. The project also offers in-school workshops. “Acceptance needs to be promoted so that we can foster a generation that does not care if someone if LGBT,” said Brad Usselman, a high school cross country athlete in Vancouver, Wash., “They look past the fact of someone’s sexuality and instead try to see who the person truly is.” GLSEN also launched a site on YouTube ( sports) to raise awareness about people making a difference in sports every day. With few existing resources or programs designed to address homophobia and transphobia in K-12 sports, “Changing the Game” seeks to fill a critical gap and add a vital dimension to safe education. “Changing the Game is designed to help schools, coaches, athletes and families create a healthy atmosphere of respect in PE classes and competitive athletics,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. “Every child today should have the opportunity to participate fully and safely in every aspect of school life.” According to a 2009 GLSEN survey, the most widely reported place where LGBT kids feel unsafe at school is the locker room. The list of All-Star “Changing the Game” supporters includes Hall of Fame tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Olympic softball medalists Jessica Mendoza and Lauren Lappin, NFL player Scott Fujita and former NFL player Wade Davis, WNBA player Candice Wiggins, three-time All American wrestler Hudson Taylor, and former NBA player John Amaechi, among others. In addition, GLSEN and the Ad Council are working with the NBA to unveil a new public service announcement (PSA) aimed at addressing the use of anti-gay language among teens. The PSA features Phoenix Suns players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley and is an extension of the award-winning “Think Before You Speak” campaign. The PSAs are scheduled to debut during the NBA Conference Finals.

School considers gays in Sex Ed
By editors—Eighth graders in western Michigan may learn more about human sexuality than the classmates who came before them. The Sexual Education Advisory Committee at Saugatuck Middle School may ask all students to watch a video to understand what it’s like to come out as gay. The video, “Coming Out: What Every Teen (Gay or Straight) Needs to Know,” addresses bullying, tolerance, and confronting ones own sexuality. Superintendent Rolfe Timmerman told a local news station that the video is well made, and worth any waves made by parents and citizens. A copy of the video will be made available to any student who wants it. The school board will vote in May on whether to include the video as part of the curriculum.

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