On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Board of Directors and members of PFLAG Columbus (OH) will be recognized with a Chapter Award from PFLAG National during the closing ceremonies of “We Are the Change: the 2021 PFLAG National Convention.”
This award recognizes PFLAG Columbus’ contributions to PFLAG’s threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
“We are delighted that PFLAG Columbus is being recognized by our national organization for how we lead with love as we meet parents, grandparents, and other family members where they are and help them move along the Ally Spectrum to affirming their own loved one(s) and advocating for them and other members of the LGBTQ+ Community,” says Jaron Terry (she/her), president of PFLAG Columbus’ Board of Directors. “We are very honored and humbled and continue to be #PFLAGProud All Year Long.”
In 2020, PFLAG Columbus celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the chapter by a small cadre of parents who met in church basements and marched in the early Pride Parade. Today PFLAG Columbus’ provides monthly support meetings via Zoom, featuring speakers from all walks of life, including allies, LGBTQ+, Persons of Color, and Latinx communities. An additional meeting will begin in 2022.
Treasurer Stacy Drake (she/her) notes, “PFLAG Columbus also provides support through its presence in the community – from having marched in the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade before the pandemic – to joyfully showing up at dozens of small outdoor suburban community festivals in 2021 with information and hugs.” In addition, over the past two years, PFLAG Columbus provided numerous educational webinars to organizations via zoom, and has had articles and opinion pieces published.
“We advocate daily and have met with legislators, urging them to vote for the Equality Act and Ohio’s Fairness Act. We’ve written letters to the editor, participated in editorial meetings and we provided written and oral testimony at the Ohio Statehouse as well as numerous local city council meetings,” says vice president, Cynthia Vermillion (she/her).
In addition to receiving the award, PFLAG Columbus will virtually join hundreds of other PFLAG chapters from across the country during the three-day online We Are the Change convention. The We Are the Change virtual convention is an opportunity for people who are LGBTQ+ and people who have LGBTQ+ loved ones in their lives, as well as community leaders, PFLAG chapter members, and LGBTQ+ allies to gather, network and learn. The event takes place online from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24 with plenary sessions, workshops, virtual exhibitor space, and more.
For more information, or to register to attend, visit PFLAG.org/WeAreTheChange. 🔥