Bruce G. Kriete Award
Top: left, Tom Falcone, President of PFLAG CLE, Hon. Richard Trojanski, Sharon Groh-Wargo, Vice President of PFLAG CLE. Lower Left, Hon. Annette Blackwell, Mayor of Maple Heights, Ohio; Lower right; Maple Heights Council President, members colleagues & friends.
Bruce G. Kriete was a PFLAG Cleveland board member remembered for his energetic outreach efforts in our community. The 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 special event. * While PFLAG Cleveland will not endorse any political candidate for public office. When warranted however, we will recognize the efforts of an elected official who courageously supports the civil rights of our LGBTQ community.
Richard Trojanski, City Councilman, Maple Heights, Ohio*
Phyllis “Seven” Harris, Executive Director of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
For providing Northeast Ohio with a new LGBTQ+ center and for inspirational leadership on social justice issues during a pandemic.
Robert Helmer, President, Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees
For advancing equality by disaffiliating from the United Methodist Church in order to more fully embrace and embody its institutional values of diversity and inclusion today and always.
For extraordinary service as editor of the NE Ohio PFLAG Newsletter
Karen and Bob Gross
For groundbreaking and longstanding leadership in the Northeast Ohio Transgender Community
For courage, compassion, and actions to further visibility and education of LGBTQ issues among Latinx communities in Greater Cleveland
Jeff Johnson, Cleveland City Councilman *
Who led transformative dialogue on the Council's ordinance governing equal use of restrooms, crystallizing understanding, by comparing transgender discrimination to that of people of color, during the Civil Rights Era
Plain Dealer Columnist, for her enduring advocacy of equal rights for LGBT people and allies, in schools and communities, through journalism.
Rob Portman, US Senator from Ohio *
In recognition of his extraordinary courage in advancing marriage equality and affirming support for his son.
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. Owned and operated by the Lanci family, CGG is a leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Ken and Linda Lanci willingly give of their time, speaking widely on behalf of the LGBT community.
Jennifer Romanic, a public school high school teacher, saved a young man and, in the process, healed his family and found herself transformed.
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.
Joe Cimperman *
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman (Ward 3) displayed extraordinary leadership which helped pass the Cleveland Domestic Partnership Registry of 2008.
Dale Miller, Ohio Senator (OH-23) *
Dale Miller introduced legislation to end discrimination of the LGBT community in housing and employment.
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.