PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Betty Jacobs is the founder/executive director of LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County. She is a lifelong Lake County resident, and mother of six. She has spent most of her career working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations. That is where she became aware of the gaps in support for the Lake County LGBTQ community. Betty earned her Associates of Human Services at Lakeland Community College; she is in her last year of her Bachelor of Social Work at Youngstown state University. Betty is a board member of PFLAG Cleveland, and she started PFLAG Cleveland-Lake County. Betty is not timid when developing, she has successfully started six programs. With facilitating over thirty Safe Space seminars, Betty has gained the organizational skills and focus to detail it takes to be successful.
Betty became involved with PFLAG because she understood the importance of having a connection with a community that supports you. She instantly connected with the PFLAG Cleveland support group because it was the first time she had heard stories like hers. Betty has created the first and only LGBTQ Practicum for Leaders in Lake County. She has brought together more than 20 health and human service providers, including the Lake County ADAMAHS Board.