February 19, 2015

This week, PFLAG National exuberantly congratulates Colette Roberts on her acceptance into Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. Colette co-founded PFLAG-Columbia/Howard County in Maryland and led the organization for more than a decade. She will be formally inducted on March 12 during a ceremony held by the Howard County Commission for Women.

Just over the past year, PFLAG Columbia/Howard County has successfully begun partnerships with Howard County Police Department and the FreeState Legal Project. It has been active in state and federal politics, providing testimony in Annapolis on Fairness for all Marylanders Act and providing a Congressional briefing to the LGBTQ caucus in Capitol Hill.

Colette’s induction has given her reason to reflect on a long career of support and advocacy:

“Starting the Columbia/Howard County PFLAG chapter was life changing for me. I met incredible parents and families who were struggling to accept their GLBT children and watched how their tears changed to acceptance and celebration. Working with the school system and politicians, the chapter grew. The youth group blossomed, and the parent support sessions tripled. We accomplished a great deal in Maryland, and the inclusion of transgender people taught us to open our hearts and minds even more. My lesbian daughter has become welcomed in this society, and I think that is primarily because of PFLAG.”

Congratulations on your accomplishment! We are lucky to have you on the march toward LGBTQ affirmation and equality.