Representatives from the national board of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have announced the election of Rabbi David M. Horowitz of Akron, Ohio, as its new board president.
“As the family voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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,” Rabbi Horowitz said following the election. “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 a part of PFLAG in Akron, Ohio, since 1990, when his daughter came out as a lesbian. He has been continually active in that chapter, currently serving on its board of directors. He joined PFLAG’s national board of directors in 2002, and has served as its secretary and vice-president.
Rabbi Horowitz is the rabbi emeritus of Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio, where he served from 1983 to 2001. Prior to that post, he served congregations in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Hammond, Indiana. After he retired from Temple Israel, Rabbi Horowitz served a congregation in Gold Coast, Australia, for almost a year
Calling Rabbi Horowitz “an integral member of PFLAG’s national board,” PFLAG executive director Jody Huckabee said Rabbi Horowitz’s background as a PFLAG dad, an advocate for equality, and a religious leader has well prepared him to strengthen PFLAG’s work across the country. Info: pflag.org. —Nancy Ford