Annual PRIDE Parade in Columbus, Ohio!

PFLAG Columbus Annual Activity

October 2016 – September 2017

We have two support meetings that consist of sharing our stories and education events like those below or theme meetings with handouts and/or videos like Ted Talks. All parents, families, friends, allies and LGBTQ+ individuals are welcome. Parents or other responsible adult must accompany children.

At chapter meetings and through our Speakers Bureau (SB):

11/20/2016 - “Proudly Said: Writing & Speaking for LGBTQ Inclusion” Alex Shanks of Equality Ohio and Jaron Terry of PFLAG, at First Community Church in Hilliard
4/19/2017 - “LGBTQ Inclusion,” SB presentation at PRISM – Battelle’s employee inclusion group
5/21/2017 - “Gender Revolution” screening of National Geographic documentary at Hilliard UMC
6/6/2017 - “Parents Coming to Terms,” SB presentation for Ohio Attorney General’s Office employee inclusion group
8/20/2017  - “Intersectionality: What is it and Why it Matters for All” with Sile Singleton, Mozaic, Equitas Health, and Shannon Winnubst, PhD, OSU Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies
8/24/2017  - “Making the Business Case for LGBTQ Inclusion” SB presentation by Jaron Terry and personal testimony by board member Cynthia Vermillion, Hilliard Rotary Club
9/17/2017 - “Making School a Safe Place for LGBTQ+ Kids” with Pam Antos, MEd, Hilliard City Schools

2/21/2017 - Testified against “conversion therapy” at Columbus City Council
3/22/2017 – Staffed table display at the Veteran Administration Health Fair
5/30/2017 - WVKO Radio 1580, The Praise, interviewed Jaron Terry of PFLAG Columbus, along with Josh Culbertson of We Are Compatible, and Siobhan Nelson-Boyd of Stonewall Columbus
6/11/2017 – Staffed table display at Cardinal Health’s Pride celebration
6/17/2017 - Marched in Pride Parade with new banner (awarded grassroots grant by Stonewall Columbus)
6/23/2017 - Provided statement to OUTLOOK magazine re: Pride events
7/17/2017 - Attended Stonewall Columbus community conversation
7/18/2017 - Attended BRAVO anti-oppression training featuring Papusa Molina
7/24/2017 - Attended BQIC (Black, Queer, Intersectional Columbus) conversation
8/12/2017 - Attended Equality Ohio Stakeholder Summit, 9a-3p at St. John’s UCC
8/20/2017 - Staffed table display with brochures at Glennon Doyle event, The Burkhart Center of First Community Church 
8/25/2017 - Attended BRAVO’s reception for national anti-violence organization
9/8/2017 - Submitted testimony in favor of HB160 to Equality Ohio
9/17/2017 - Participated in “Coffee Conversation” panel at FCC

Officers and Board Members for 2018

President: Jaron Terry, president of Jaron Terry Communications, a PR firm, and adjunct faculty, Public Relations, Franklin University

Vice President: Cynthia Vermillion, real estate agent/realtor at Coldwell Banker King Thompson 

Secretary: Karen Mitchell, retired training analyst at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and American Red Cross Blood Services and retired part-time faculty at Pellissippi State Community College, Oak Ridge Tenn.

Treasurer: Ruth Lingafelter, owner/provider of child-care facility and bookkeeper for family-owned Dairy Queen Franchises

New Board Member: Treasurer: Stacy Drake, program manager, Communications and Special Projects, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Our gratitude goes out to Linda Clark for her service as VP and secretary and to Linda Cox for her service as secretary and web master for many years. Thank you so much!