April 3, 2014

This week we hear from PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, with wonderful news about one of its members...who also happens to be a Regional Director, PFLAG National Board Member, and a member of the Transgender Gender Nonconforming Advisory Council (TGNC).

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County is most proud and happy to announce our own, Catherine Hyde, has been recognized as 2014 Howard County Volunteer of the Year. Catherine says she is humbled be a part of the powerful voice that is PFLAG: parents, families, allies and friends working with the LGBTQ community to move equality forward.

Catherine's biography is both touching and impressive. She says she didn't listen to her child when he, at the age of 4, told her that something had gone wrong in her belly and that he was supposed to be a she. She did not understand transgender or gender identity until NPR educated her 11 years later. 

Today, she speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity. In her day job, Catherine is director of Online Services for the national nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. As a volunteer, Catherine serves on the Howard County Human Rights Commission, the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Advisory Council for PFLAG National as well as PFLAG National’s Board of Directors and as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. She is also on the Public Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.

Congratulations, Catherine, from all of us in your PFLAG family across the country!