Straight for Equality Awards

The first-ever Straight for Equality Awards Gala, honoring straight allies in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, will be held Thursday, February 5, 2009 in New York City.

Honorees include Dr. Maya Angelou (Recipient of the Straight for Equality in the Humanities Award), Sigourney Weaver (Recipient of the Straight for Equality in Entertainment Award), Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (Recipient of the Straight for Equality in Education Award) and IBM (Recipient of the Straight for Equality in Business Award)

Soledad O'Brien
will be an emcee along with actress Judy Reyes, star of the hit ABC comedy series Scrubs.

Launched in October 2007, Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project created by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National to empower allies in supporting and advocating for LGBT people. The project invites, educates, and engages straight allies to move equality forward through every day actions that transform our culture.

In keeping with these goals, the Straight for Equality Gala aims to honor and celebrate amazing straight allies.

Straight for Equality is an outreach and education project that empowers straight people in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender (GLBT) people. This project reaches out to straight allies who may not have realized how their own contribution can make a significant difference. It also seeks allies who understand the importance of this goal but may be hesitant to get involved.

Straight for Equality's objectives are to a) invite allies into the community, b) educate people about what it means to be an ally, and c) engage allies by showing them how to create positive change, in big and/or small ways, to move equality forward.
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