Jim DeSimone

Jim DeSimone, Collingswood
2023 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Nominee

Jim DeSimone of Collingswood has been giving his all to his local chapter of PFLAG, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, since its founding in 2010. PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents, families, friends, and allies. PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed through grassroots advocacy work, support groups, and community outreach.

Over his 11 years with Collingswood PFLAG, Jim has served as the organization’s Social Media Manager, Vice President, and Acting President. Jim was recently reappointed for his fourth term as Vice President, a testament to his commitment and enthusiasm for enriching and representing his community. His passion for queer visibility and acceptance throughout society comes through in his work facilitating support group meetings and his delight in the human heart’s ability to grow and love. A pillar of Camden County’s community of volunteers, Jim has played a crucial role in many families’ shift from denial to full acceptance and affirmation of their LGBTQIA+ loved ones.

Learn more: Collingswood PFLAG on Facebook