Advocacy

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. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. -PFLAG National
PFLAG Cleveland is also active in community outreach, education, and advocacy. If you're interested in reaching beyond PFLAG Support Group meetings, consider becoming involved in our outreach endeavors. We invite you to attend one of our advisory board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. Some of our projects include:
  • Offering educational programs to community groups, including schools, churches, and synagogues requesting our help.
  • Sponsoring LGBT Friendly films at local theatres.
  • Assisting in PFLAG Cleveland membership drive and fundraising efforts.
  • Serving as a liaison to community groups GLSEN Cleveland, TransFamily, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center
  • Organizing special events, such as Pride Day Brunch, Pride Parade Events
Bruce G. Kriete was a former board member of PFLAG Cleveland.

The Bruce G. Kriete Community Award is given annually to an individual, organization or group that has promoted understanding and acceptance of Northeast Ohio's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, and their families and friends. The PFLAG Cleveland Advisory Board chooses the recipient and awardees are honored at a PFLAG Cleveland event, typically at our annual PRIDE Brunch prior to the Cleveland PRIDE Parade or summer picnic or dinner. 

While PFLAG Cleveland can not and will not endorse any political candidate for public office, 
we will, when warranted, recognize the efforts of an elected official who courageously supports the civil rights of our LGBT community.
Year Recipient Reason
2013 Rob Portman
 US Senator from Ohio, in recognition of his extraordinary courage in advancing marriage equality and affirming support for his son.
 2012             Consolidated Graphics Group & The Lanci Family Consolidated Graphics Group (http://cgg-inc.com) and the Lanci Family for generous production of printed materials and leadership in speaking out on behalf of the LGBT community. Consolidated Graphics Group, Inc (CGG) is a Cleveland-based company that prides itself on meeting the communication needs of their business clients. Owned and operated by the Lanci family, CGG is a leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. CGG has generously provided multiple printed materials for PFLAG Cleveland and many other LBGT non-profit organizations in NE Ohio. Ken and Linda Lanci willingly give of their time, speaking widely on behalf of the LGBT community. We are grateful for the contributions of CGG and the entire Lanci family.
2011 Jennifer Romanic Jennifer Romanic, a public school high school teacher, saved a young man and, in the process, healed his family and found herself transformed.
2010 Ann and Ed Hoenigman Ann and Ed Hoenigman taught about LGBT issues and advocated on behalf of LGBTQ high school students in the Cleveland Catholic High schools.
2009 Joe Cimperman Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman (Ward 3) displayed extraordinary leadership which helped pass the Cleveland Domestic Partnership Registry of 2008.
2008 Dale Miller, Ohio Senator (OH-23)
Dale Miller introduced legislation to end discrimination of the LGBT community in housing and employment.
2007 Tammi Brown on behalf of Convention & Visitors Bureau Of Greater Cleveland VP for Marketing and Communications at Positively Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau, and her group pioneered the creation of the LGBT Visitor’s Guide and website, the first of its kind in the state. The Guide focuses on the needs of the LGBT traveler and noted gay friendly businesses useful to tourists.
2006  Dick Feagler Dick Feagler, a Plain Dealer Columnist, wrote in support of the LGBT community in the Plain Dealer and in his books.