The Aubrey Wertheim Institute is back with a new format. Instead of clustering dozens of events into fall and spring semesters, we're offering programs year-round! Bookmark this site to get in the know about our arts, wellness and activism programs. Don't miss out!

Women's Coming Out Group
Set for Thursdays, May 26-June 30, 6-8pm. Contact us for more information. Attend one or all of the sessions. Free!

New Weekly Reiki Treatments at the Center
Relieve some of that "red state" stress with a weekly Reiki treatment at the Center. Appointments are available with Reiki master Judy Maruszan every Thursday from 3-8pm (by appointment only). Treatments are $35; the Center receives a $5 donation from the proceeds of each session. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, e-mail Judy at .

For More LGBT Cultural Events and Educational Adventures, check out
Wild Plum Productions
Chick Flicks Women's Movie Night
Guys Night Out Men's Movie Night

Aubrey Wertheim passed away at age 49 on January 9, 2003 due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The AWI is our tribute to him.

Aubrey served as the Center’s Director of Services from 1989 to 1994. He established PRYSM, the Center’s youth support group, and often shared his story of growing up gay in nearby Sagamore Hills with the participants of the group’s early sessions. He also was instrumental in creating the Living Room, the first drop-in space for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Midwest, and the Maryanne Finegan Anti-Violence Project, which provides advocacy and support to the victims of hate crimes, discrimination and domestic violence.

Aubrey began his activism career in New York, while also pursuing a career as a playwright. He developed Circles, an empowerment program for gay men, which is taught to this day at venues all over the world. His plays include Costume Drama , Make Way for Dyklings and Popular Neurotics , which was broadcast on the public television series American Playhouse .

(c) 2005. The Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland.
Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities Since 1975