Colette Roberts, co-founder of the PFLAG-Columbia/Howard County chapter who led the organization for 15 years, will be inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. She will join four other women inductees at a ceremony held by the Howard County Commission for Women. Her immediate reaction was, “I’m shocked and honored to be selected.”
Roberts, the mother of four with one being a lesbian, was instrumental in helping the chapter come together. Through her work in the areas of support, education and advocacy—the chapter’s mission components—Roberts met with local elected officials and succeeded in advancing legislation and policy changes to benefit LGBT families in the county.
She also handled many emotional phone calls from parents who could not deal with their child’s sexual orientation and gender identity and from LGBT kids who were experiencing a hostile environment at home, and she established successful youth and parent support groups.
For her achievements, Roberts was honored by such groups as Equality Maryland, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland and the Howard County Human Rights Commission.
The induction will take place on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.