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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 www.pflag.org.

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
1:00pm
The Center on High (Stonewall Columbus)
1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
614-441-8167

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 transohio@transohio.org or call us (614) 441-8167 (this is a voicemail only number, please leave a message).

Please join your TransOhio family on Thanksgiving!

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Announced for Columbus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Gloria McCauley, BRAVO
(614) 294-7867
1-866-86-BRAVO

Shane Morgan, TransOhio
(614) 441-8167
TransOhio@transohio.org

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 http://www.rememberingourdead.org 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 karenp@transohio.org.

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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: http://www.transohio.org/news/October2010TransOhio.pdf .

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 karenp@transohio.org 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!

Questions?

Email TransOhio@transohio.org 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 TransOhio@transohio.org for details!

We’ll see you soon!

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

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

Planning Committee Members Needed: Transgender Day of Remembrance (Columbus)

Memorial Candles at 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance

UPDATED: Monday, September 20, 2010. 6:30PM – Location & Date Updated.

TransOhio and Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Planning Committee members will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 6:30PM — Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201.

If you or your organization or group would like to be a part of this year’s vigil, please plan to attend. Committee members are welcome regardless of gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.  All are welcome.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice.  Even though 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 remembrance vigil was started in 1999 after the brutal murder of Rita Hester.  She was murdered on November 28, 1998.  Twelve years later, Rita’s murder remains unsolved.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against Transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of Transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express our love and our 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.

1st Transgender Day of Remembrance Planning Meeting

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Stonewall Columbus (1st Floor)
1160 N. High Street
Columbus 43201

If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the Planning Committee, please email Karen at karenp@transohio.org.  If you are outside of Columbus and are interested in hosting a local Transgender Day of Remembrance, please contact us.