The Northeast Ohio PFLAG newsletter is a joint publication of both the Cleveland and Akron PFLAG Chapters and is released monthly.
The newsletter contains updates on the latest news affecting LGBT people and their families as well as information on various PFLAG and LGBT-related events which are up and coming!
Suicide: Steven Bell was found dead days after withdrawing from a legal battle over a trademark for gingerbread The year-long wrangle centred on an application by business rivals to trademark the world-famous name Grasmere Gingerbread.
Mr Bell claimed the application threatened his business because he produced his own Grasmere gingerbread in his restaurant.
Our newsletter features stories and articles contributed by members like you!
The folder to the right contains an archive of our newsletters dating back to 2008, listed chronologically.
But at the start of this year, faced with a potential legal bill of £12,000, he finally decided to withdraw his objection to the application.
Then last Saturday he was found hanged at his home in the village.
She described being offered versions of the cake by a local woman almost 50 years before Sarah Nelson started selling hers.My mom was my best friend (though I did have a small group of friends) and I had the biggest crush on my best male friend Rob.He was everything I wasn't: outgoing, athletic, popular (at least more than I was).'Gingerbread was being made in Grasmere long before Sarah Nelson came to the village.Hers is just one version, as history proves.'He argued that gingerbread arrived in Grasmere with the sugar, spices and slaves that came through the nearby port of Whitehaven and was first made by West Indian servants, then by poorer village families.But away from the eyes of visitors, a bitter feud was festering over Grasmere's most famous commodity - gingerbread.It has now been revealed that Steven Bell, 52, a father of three and restaurant boss, committed suicide three days after withdrawing from a legal battle over the origins of the cake.At the heart of the row was Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread shop, a 17th century cottage which has been producing gingerbread ever since the former domestic servant began selling her version in 1854.Tucked away in the corner of St Oswald's churchyard and overlooking Wordsworth's grave, the shop attracts tourists from all over the world. Gerald Wilson and his wife Margaret bought the business in 1969 and it was their recent application to register Grasmere Gingerbread as a trademark which led to hostilities. Mr Bell was in a legal battle with Gerald Wilson, the owner of Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (above) to use the name 'Grasmere' The Wilsons claimed Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread was like Yorkshire Tea and Newcastle Brown Ale - a product that needed protection from individuals trying to trade off its reputation.He leaves a wife, Joanne, 45, two sons and a daughter.### Male, 15, Washington DC At fifteen, I wasn't a normal teenager.