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Prizm Magazine Story Features PFLAG Cleveland

posted Aug 1, 2019, 10:02 AM by Kavita Sherman

Look who is famous in Ohio's statewide LGBTQ magazine, Prizm Magazine: PFLAG Cleveland. Check out Ilona Westfall's story about PFLAG Cleveland's decades of support. The story can be found here: https://www.prizmnews.com/2019/07/support-staff/. 

Get your baseball tickets and sit with us

posted Jul 1, 2019, 4:43 PM by Kavita Sherman   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 4:43 PM ]

Cleveland Indians Pride Day 2019
PFLAG Cleveland is going to the first-ever Cleveland Indians Pride Day, 1:10 pm, Aug. 25, vs. the Kansas City Royals. We have a block of 60 tickets, and a dozen or so remain for purchase. 

Cleveland Indians Pride Day, 1:10 pm, Aug. 25, vs. the Kansas City Royals. 
PFLAG Cleveland is selling tickets at $32/ticket in sections 307 and 311. 
Message us or email us at mail@pflagcleveland.org if you want to purchase tickets. We'll have tickets to sell at the July 9th support group meeting, and at the Aug. 13 meeting, if any remain. .

PFLAG Cleveland Brunch Serves Up Breakfast and Smiles

posted Jun 11, 2019, 5:11 AM by Kavita Sherman   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 5:14 AM ]

Some Like It Hot..and Some Like Donuts

PFLAG Cleveland had so much fun at 2019 Pride in the CLE on Saturday, June 1. We enjoyed hosting our annual PFLAG Brunch at Old Stone Church where we saw many old friends and made new ones, too. Thanks to Skylight Financial Group for again generously sponsoring our annual brunch. And a big THANK YOU to PFLAG Cleveland advisory board member Jeanette Nemcek, who organized the brunch and served a delicious breakfast to 150 Pride revelers!  

PFLAG Cleveland annual brunch
Mark, Annie and Mason serve breakfast.

PFLAG Cleveland annual brunch
PFLAG Cleveland hosted its annual free brunch at the Old Stone Church in Cleveland's Public Square prior to the start of the Pride in the CLE march. 

PFLAG Cleveland annual brunch
Hot casseroles, bagels, donuts, coffee and juice were among the foods served at the brunch. 

Jeanette at PFLAG Cleveland brunch
Jeanette and her family, Annie and Mason, always make the PFLAG Cleveland annual brunch a yummy event!

PFLAG Cleveland at Pride March
After brunch, some PFLAG Cleveland members participated in the Pride March. 

Sharon Groh-Wargo Receives the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award

posted May 12, 2019, 11:28 AM by Kavita Sherman   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 5:13 AM ]

Award Recognizes People Whose Work Furthers Equal Rights for All People and Strives to End Discrimination

On Thursday, May 9, PFLAG Cleveland presented Sharon Groh-Wargo, PFLAG Cleveland vice president, with the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award. Sharon, who served as PFLAG Cleveland president for 10 years prior to becoming vice president, has been instrumental in growing PFLAG Cleveland's reputation and reach in support of family members, friends, and individuals who are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Her steadfast dedication to PFLAG Cleveland has furthered its mission of support, education and advocacy regionally, statewide and nationally. 

The recognition program included a proclamation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's office, a letter of congratulations from PFLAG National and the presentation of the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award during a dinner celebration help in Sharon's honor. Earlier, PFLAG Cleveland has recognized Sharon informally during its 2018 PRIDE Brunch by announcing she was the recipient of the award.

"I never realized how much Sharon did for PFLAG Cleveland until I stepped into her shoes," said Tom Falcone, PFLAG Cleveland president. "She is an amazing woman who wears many hats professionally and personally. She's a wife, mother, grandmother and big promoter of PFLAG Cleveland and the Queer community in general. I am very pleased and honored to present this award to Sharon, our former president and now vice president."

Sharon Groh-Wargo, Tom Falcone, Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon Groh-Wargo receives the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award from Tom Falcone.

Brooke Smith, Sharon Groh-Wargo, PFLAG National, Letter of Recognition, Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award
Brooke Smith from PFLAG National read a letter of congratulations from the PFLAG National Executive Director Brian Bond. 

Jes Sellers, Jane Daroff, Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award
Jes Sellers and Jane Daroff share stories about Sharon's involvement with PFLAG Cleveland over the years. 

Sharon Groh-Wargo, Kevin Schmotzer, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson proclamation, Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon receives a proclamation letter from Kevin Schmotzer, City of Cleveland LGBTQ liaison, from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. 

Frank Groh-Wargo, Sharon Groh-Wargo, Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon and her husband, Frank Groh-Wargo, enjoy the evening's celebration as Sharon receives the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award. At the ceremony, Sharon credited Frank for his role in supporting her and always being there whenever she--and PFLAG Cleveland--needed him. 

Sharon is the second recipient of the the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award. The first recipient was U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who received the award in 2017. PFLAG Cleveland established the Jane A. Daroff Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize and celebrate those who have consistently acted as leaders in the LGBTQ movement and whose leadership embodies the three pillars of PFLAG Cleveland: support, education and advocacy. Jane Daroff, LISW, and Dr. Jes Sellers established the PFLAG Cleveland chapter in July 1985. The award is given periodically to someone who has consistently shown leadership in ensuring LGBTQ people achieve full equality. 

Jane Daroff Recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business

posted May 10, 2019, 6:03 AM by Kavita Sherman   [ updated May 12, 2019, 11:58 AM ]

PFLAG Cleveland Co-Founder Recognized in Eight Over 80 List

Congratulations to our very own Jane Daroff, co-founder of PFLAG Cleveland. Jane was recently recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business in its "Eight over 80" list. Jane's work and activism has helped countless LGBTQ people, and their families and friends for more than 34 years. Thank you for your dedication over many years, Jane!

Read the Crain's Cleveland story featuring Jane here. http://ht.ly/RSCL30oHdkB

Jane Daroff, PFLAG Cleveland, Crain's Cleveland Business, Eight Over 80

You're Invited: CIFF Reception, Sunday, March 31

posted Mar 28, 2019, 2:36 PM by Kavita Sherman

PFLAG Cleveland will again participate as a community partner for the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), which will take place at Tower City Cinemas. We are proud to be a community partner for the film "Man Made," which follows 4 people as they prepare to compete in the Trans FitCon Bodybuilding Competition, the only all-transgender bodybuilding contest in the world. Please join us at a reception on Sunday, March 31, 5 pm-6:30 pm at Susy's Soup and Deli in Tower City. The reception is FREE and OPEN to all PFLAG members and allies and is taking place before the 7:20 pm screening of "Man Made." A variety of foods and soups will be served during the reception. 

T Cooper, the producer of "Man Made," is expected to be there, as will PFLAG Cleveland family member, Mason, who is one of the bodybuilders documented in the film. When purchasing tickets in person, by phone, or online you can get a $1 discount by using the code: PFLAG. You can read about the film here: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2019/man-made
PFLAG Cleveland, Reception, Man Made, Trans FitCon Bodybuilding Competition

Annual Business Meeting Announcement

posted Feb 13, 2019, 7:01 AM by Kavita Sherman


PFLAG Cleveland, annual meeting

PFLAG Cleveland Annual Business Meeting, Tues., March 12, 5:30-6:30 pm, Trinity Commons, Cleveland, OH, prior to our 6:45pm support group meeting. Business meeting attendees will enjoy a light supper beginning at 5:00.

Members are invited to attend. The business meeting will include elections for Secretary and Treasurer. It will also include the Advisory Board's report, financial update, membership committee report, review of 2018 chapter activities, and review of 2019 chapter goals..

Newsletters Posted

posted Feb 10, 2019, 8:04 AM by Quentin Jamieson

February/March Newsletter Posted
To view our latest bi-monthly newsletter, containing updates on the latest news affecting LGBT families and friends in the greater Cleveland/Akron area, navigate to our newsletter archive on our resources page.

Support Group Meeting February 12th @ 6:45pm

posted Feb 10, 2019, 8:02 AM by Quentin Jamieson

PFLAG Cleveland holds support group meetings on the second Tuesday of the month @ 6:45 PM at Trinity Commons (E22nd St & Prospect Ave). Lighted, secure parking is available. If you park at Trinity, save your parking stub. We will collect them at support group.

PFLAG Cleveland "Give Back" Campaign

posted Oct 7, 2018, 10:29 AM by Quentin Jamieson   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 1:56 PM by Kavita Sherman ]

Fall is upon us and the new year is just around the corner.  As you plan for ways to give back to our community, consider helping PFLAG Cleveland in one of the following ways:  
  • Support our higher education scholarship fund by donating to PFLAG Cleveland in honor of Dr. Jes Sellers, co-founder of our local chapter.
  • Attend or sponsor PFLAG through Executive Caterer’s annual "Phil~an~thro~pi~a" event, supporting local non-profit organizations. Monday December 3 at Landerhaven. http://landerhaven.com/philanthropia/. The cost of admission is a tax-deductible check in the amount of $75 or more made out to the 501(c)(3) charity of your choice. We hope you choose PFLAG Cleveland! 
  • Make an end of the year donation to help us in our mission to provide support and outreach education to struggling LGBTQA individuals, their families and friends.
  • Remember PFLAG Cleveland in your estate planning as some have done over the years, including Bruce and Lou Kriete and more recently, by Dr. Bob Asch. The latter gift helped to establish the PFLAG Scholarship fund in Dr. Sellers’ name.
For more information or questions on how to GIVE BACK, contact Art Thomson, PFLAG Cleveland Treasurer, 216-502-7891. Alternatively write: mail@pflagcleveland.org with questions, or visit: http://www.pflagcleveland.org/membership

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