John Nosek has been a part of the Center since its beginning in 1975. "As one of the founding members of the Center, I was a volunteer with the Gay Education and Awareness Resources Center (GEAR) in the mid-70s, co-managing Cleveland's first gay newspaper, High Gear, profits from which went to support the Gay Hotline and to provide seed money for the Cleveland LGBT Center. GEAR was the original parent of the LGBT Center."
Apart from being one of the original founders and volunteers who staffed GEAR, John has also served as a Board member at the Center 3 times in the last 40 years.
Along with volunteering his time and his skills, John has been donating to the Center faithfully for the last 42 years. "It's like having a child. Every LGBT person in Greater Cleveland should donate to the Center, in whatever way they can. We need to stand together, out and proud!"
John is incredibly proud to see the progress the Center has made over the years and looks forward to the day the Center officially moves into its new home: "The Center is a lifeline for many in our community who otherwise would be isolated and alone. It also serves as the community contact point for all LGBT-related matters. With our new permanent home, I hope all members of the local LGBT community will periodically visit, not just for services, but also for social activities and all manners of recreation."
Apart from his involvement with the Center, John spent his professional career trying to help his community in other ways as well, serving as the Government Affairs Director at the Positive Education Program (PEP) and before that working at the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County.
John is a Federal Club member of the Human Rights Campaign and you can look for him as a participant in the Center's upcoming LGBT Intergenerational Storytelling Theater Production.
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