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PFLAG National Elects Akron Resident, Rabbi David M. Horowitz, New National PFLAG President

WASHINGTON and AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National proudly announced the election of Rabbi David M. Horowitz of Akron, OH, as its new board president this week.

“As the family voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)struggle for equality, I hope I can help to boost our outreach to straight allies even further — especially in the faith communities where their voices are incredibly powerful,” said Horowitz after the election. “And I want to involve every one of our chapters in our mission of support, education, and advocacy more deeply than ever before because we know that our family voices inspire change.”

“Rabbi Horowitz has been an integral member of PFLAG’s National Board, leading our organization in implementing its mission and helping us focus on the incredibly important issue of bringing our message of family acceptance and unconditional love to faith communities. His background as a PFLAG dad, an advocate for equality, and a religious leader will be integral in strengthening PFLAG’s work across the country,” said Jody M. Huckaby, PFLAG’s executive director.

Rabbi Horowitz has been a part of PFLAG Akron, Ohio, since 1990, when his daughter came out as a lesbian. He has been continually active in that chapter and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He joined the PFLAG’s National Board of Directors in 2002. He has since served as its secretary and vice-president.

He is the rabbi emeritus of Temple Israel, Akron, OH, serving the congregation from 1983-2001. Prior to that post, he served congregations in Indianapolis, IN and Hammond, IN. After he retired from Temple Israel, Rabbi Horowitz served a congregation in Gold Coast, Australia for almost a year.

Rabbi Horowitz has served, among others, as a member of Jewish Community Board of Akron, of the Community Relations Council (Chair), the National Committee on HIV/AIDS for the Union For Reform Congregations, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (member of the Community Relations Committee). In 2000, he was on the televised panel at President Clinton’s first Town Meeting on Race Relations.

Horowitz was the topic of a chapter entitled “Every Day the Rabbi Helps Gays,” in Dan Woog’s Friends and Family/True Stories of Gay America’s Straight Allies, and authored the chapter, “David” in A Family and Friends Guide to Sexual Orientation, edited by Bob Powers and Alan Ellis, and has contributed an article entitled, “Praise God all the Earth,” in Alive Now magazine.

Rabbi Horowitz has been married to his wife, Toby, since 1963 and has two children, Wendy (married to her life partner, a transgender man, Julian) and Daniel and three grandchildren.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of LGBT people. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has more than 200,000 members and supporters in over 250 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit

5th Annual TransOhio Community Thanksgiving Dinner

TransOhio Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Can you believe how fast the year has gone?

Fall is here and the cold weather is starting to arrive and that must mean that Thanksgiving is approaching!

That’s right, here come the holidays…

What better way to spend them then with your friends and family of TransOhio!

TransOhio will once again be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving day:

Thursday, November 25, 2010
The Center on High (Stonewall Columbus)
1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201

This dinner is open to the entire Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Ally community. There are no excuses to spend the day alone! Come early and stay late!  This is open to the entire GLBTQI and Ally community (kids are welcome!).  RSVP’s are not required, but it will help us in our planning. TransOhio will provide the turkey & and necessary paper plate-ware.

Please bring a dish to share with others (and a serving spoon, fork or knife) and something to drink.

Volunteers are needed to setup, decorate and clean up at the end of the evening.

If you can volunteer, please let us know – send an email to or call us (614) 441-8167 (this is a voicemail only number, please leave a message).

Please join your TransOhio family on Thanksgiving!


Researchers at The Ohio State University are conducting a study concerning thoughts, attitudes,
and feelings regarding individualsʼ gender identity and transition process.

If you are 18+ and identify on the transgender spectrum you are eligible to participate.

The study is an online survey, and can be completed wherever you have internet access. All participants will have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 8 $25 gift cards.

If you are interested, please e-mail Kayden Healy at

All information associated with this study will remain strictly confidential.

This study has been approved by The Ohio State University’s Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects in Research (IRB APPROVAL # 2010B0244).

Summary Sheet

Title of Project:
Global Self‐Esteem, Collective Self‐Esteem, and Transition Trajectory in Transgender Individuals

Dr. Lisa Cravens‐Brown, Principal Investigator, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Ohio State University

Kayden Healy, Co‐Principal Investigator; Undergraduate Honors Thesis student in Psychology at The Ohio State University

Purpose & Structure:
This study is interested in the thoughts, attitudes, and feelings regarding an individuals’ gender identity and transition process. We hope to use the knowledge gained from this study to help improve the lives of individuals on the transgender spectrum through education of law‐makers and mental health professionals.


  • Identify on the transgender spectrum (i.e. gender variant, transgender, gender queer)
  • Age 18+

What will be required:
If interested please write your e‐mail on the adjacent sheet OR e‐mail to get information on how to access the survey. Complete the online survey, which will take no more than one hour. Participation is completely voluntary and you may exit at anytime.

As a thank you for your time, you have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 8
$25 gift cards when you finish participating. The drawing will occur when data collection
is completed in Spring 2011.

Please email Kayden at or Lisa at cravens‐ should
you have any concerns about your participation.

Special note:
All information associated with this study will remain strictly confidential with access to the data collected from this project limited to the PI, Dr. Cravens‐Brown and co‐PI, Kayden Healy.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Announced for Columbus


Gloria McCauley, BRAVO
(614) 294-7867

Shane Morgan, TransOhio
(614) 441-8167

Columbus, Ohio – October 4, 2010 – Local and statewide organizations announce the 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias or prejudice against transgender people.

The list of deaths available at only contains those deaths known to the transgender community or that have been reported to the media. The Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

This year’s vigil will take place on Thursday, November 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at King Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 299 King Avenue, Columbus, 43201. King Avenue United Methodist Church is handicap accessible. The vigil will be ASL interpreted.

Remember. Honor. Empower.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media does not perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance gives transgender people and their allies a chance to step forward and stand in vigil, memorializing those who have died by anti-transgender violence.

Community Partners include: TransOhio, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), King Avenue United Methodist Church, North Congregational United Church of Christs’ Gender Fold Action Alliance, New Leaf Columbus, Stonewall Columbus, The Ohio State University GLBT Alumni Society, Equality Ohio, HRC-Columbus, Columbus AIDS Task Force, The Ohio State University Multicultual Center.

If your organization or community group would like to become a community partner, please contact TDOR Co-Chair Karen at


TransOhio October 2010 Newsletter Now Available!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear TransOhio Family, Friends and Allies!

The October 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available! You can download the newsletter at: .

There are tons of events & activities happening during the Fall, so, make sure you take a look at the calendar and the other events noted throughout the newsletter!

Upcoming Notables:

  • Monday, October 4, 2010 is the LAST day to register for the Ohio General Election (November 2)
  • Columbus TG Support Group, Wednesday, October 6 at Stonewall Columbus, 7pm
  • Planning Committee Meeting, Columbus Transgender Day of Remembrance, October 6 (contact Karen at for meeting details)
  • Partners’ Discussion Group, Wednesday, October 13
  • Toledo TG Support Group, Sunday, October 24, 3pm
  • Ally Week at The Ohio State University – Columbus
  • And more!


Email for information.

We need Volunteers! Interested in meeting new people? Can you help us at the Transgender Day of Remembrance? TransOhio Community Thanksgiving? Email us at for details!

We’ll see you soon!

Don’t forget to check out for a full calendar of events, workshops and other fantastic community gatherings!

In Community,
TransOhio Board of Directors
Shane, Melissa, Jacob and Sarah