He is also the cohost of the CLECast, which is a weekly podcast about good people doing gooder things in the goodest city on earth: Cleveland, Ohio!
Brian first got involved with Center as a teenager. He began coming to the youth group after he came out in 1999: "Being able to be my whole, real self in a place and not feel threatened or intimidated was wonderful. My time as a youth at the Center helped shape me into who I am today." He came back to the Center after he moved to the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and is now a member of the Center's Board of Directors.
Brian gives to the Center because he wants others to have access to the same support he received as a Center youth participant. "I remember being bullied, harassed, and assaulted as a teen, the Center made me feel okay, made me feel normal. No matter how bad my week was, it was always better when I walked through the door. That's a lot to get from an organization. I want to make sure that the Center is here to support everyone, especially queer youth, for generations to come."
As a member of the Board, Brian has been a major part of putting together Pride in the CLE. He and his husband, Andy, also play kickball and dodgeball as members of Stonewall Sports - Cleveland and they have found some amazing new friends as a part of the Stonewall Sports community.
Brian is excited for the future of the Center, and can't wait to see the new building in his neighborhood. "I was involved in youth group when we moved from West 29th Street to Detroit Avenue. I think having a more visible and iconic presence is great for our community. I think it speaks to how far we've come as a community, as well. I'm proud to be a part of it."
For more information about how you can support the Center, visit our website or call Shae London at (216)651-5428 ext. 109. Donate now.