Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-02-14
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



PFLAG National honors straight allies
From a news release

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

PFLAG National last night held its fourth annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Straight for Equality — a nationwide outreach and education project created by PFLAG National — educates and empowers straight allies to advocate for and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people.

Honored this year were Broadway stars Audra McDonald (THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, PRIVATE PRACTICE) and Will Swenson (PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, HAIR), who received the Straight For Equality in Entertainment award, Pastor Jay Bakker, who received the inaugural Straight for Equality in Faith Communities Award, and KPMG CEO John Veihmeyer, who accepted the Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award on behalf of the firm.

Chris Hayes (UP WITH CHRIS HAYES/MSNBC) hosted the evening, and was joined on stage by multi-talented Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel (HAIR), who not only provided the evening's entertainment, but also stepped up—along with his Broadway Impact co-founder, Tony Award nominee Rory O'Malley (THE BOOK OF MORMON)—to handle a lively auction of packages donated by Marriott and Whirlpool. Others appearing on stage included New York City Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, Howard Wolfson, and Metropolitan Community Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry.

Each of the evening's honorees has been a leader in their field, blazing a trail as straight allies to the GLBT community. In presenting the Workplace award to KPMG CEO John Veihmeyer, Wolfson said that KPMG knows that "…it's good business to value your employees, it's good business to value your customers, and it's good business to attract the best people to your companies."

Rev. Perry, who presented the award to Pastor Bakker, shared his views on the importance of PFLAG's 40 years of work saying, "Back in 1977 when the GLBT community was preparing for its first-ever meeting at the White House, I insisted that the President of PFLAG be there. I wanted a mother in the room…and that mother was like a tiger! Thank you PFLAG!" Bakker, clearly moved by the honor, offered up a heartfelt promise, "I want to see the church become a safer place… I hope to see the church change. On my watch, I will work to see that faith, hope, and love are restored to all people."

McDonald (whose fiancé Swenson delivered a pre-taped acceptance speech from backstage at BETTE MIDLER'S PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL) accepted her award with daughter Zoe by her side and "fairy godfathers," Andy and Bobby, in the audience. About her "surrogate dads" McDonald said, "They are quite literally my parents…they teach me every day what it means to be compassionate, to be humane, to be graceful, to know the true meaning of love…." About her reasons for actively taking up the fight for GLBT equality, McDonald quoted author James Baldwin, saying, "'My grandfather gave you his time, my father gave you his time, I have given you my time. How much time do you need for your progress?' That says it all."

Also announced at the event? Care with PRIDE, a new partnership between Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens, and PFLAG National, designed to build broader awareness about the importance of PFLAG and its mission to cultivate respect for human diversity, as well as its advocacy of safer schools for all children and the urgent call to end bullying. A minimum $200,000 was pledged by Johnson & Johnson to support PFLAG's work.

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now entering its 40th year, PFLAG has more over 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. To find out more about PFLAG National's programs and services, please visit us at .

Straight for Equality is a project of PFLAG National. It was launched in 2007 to invite, educate, and engage straight individuals to have the discussions necessary to move equality forward for their gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender friends in simple, nonpolitical ways. Learn more at .

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Women of Color Candidate Forum March 8 2018-02-19 - E3 Radio will present the 2018 Women of Color Candidate Forum for Illinois in partnership with Morten Group LLC, Reunion Chicago, Equality Illinois ...

Gay News

State 'License to Discriminate' Bills Threaten LGBT Access to Services 2018-02-18 - ( New York, February 19, 2018 ) — The rash of new "religious exemption" laws passed by state legislatures around the United States ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS COOK CO. COMMISSIONER 13TH DISTRICT Incumbent Larry Suffredin on status, soda tax 2018-02-18 - Democratic incumbent Larry Suffredin is running in the primary against challengers Bushra Amiwala and Daniel Foster while GOP candidate Chris J. Hanusiak is ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS 13th Dist. Cook Co. Commissioner candidate Bushra Amiwala on budget, constituencies 2018-02-18 - DePaul University college student Bushra Amiwala ( D ) is running in the primary against incumbent Larry Suffredin and challenger Daniel Foster while ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS Candidate Profile: Sol Flores 2018-02-18 - Sol Flores, the longtime head of La Casa Norte, which assists young people experiencing homeless in Chicago, says that her "fierce tenaciousness" is ...

Gay News

Chicagoans Unite to Rally and March for Gun Reform 2018-02-17 - CHICAGO — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Women's March Chicago, and Indivisible have joined forces to lead a rally and ...

Gay News

Sen. Bernie Sanders to join Chuy Garcia at rally on the southwest side of Chicago 2018-02-16 - Chicago, IL- Today, Cook County Commissioner and 4th Congressional District candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia announced that Senator Bernie Sanders will be joining him ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS 4th Dist. Cook County Commissioner candidate Marcel Bright on budget, listening 2018-02-16 - Marcel Bright ( D ) is running in the primary against incumbent Stanley Moore and challengers Gaylon Alcaraz and Maria M. Barlow. Bright ...

Gay News

University of Chicago student organizers to hold No Bannon teach-in 2018-02-15 - CHICAGO 2/15/18 — University of Chicago student organizers will hold three free, public No Bannon teach-ins opposing an announced university speaking event with ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS, 14th CONG DIST Jim Walz on why he is running again, environmental standards 2018-02-14 - Jim Walz, the 14th district 2016 Democratic nominee, is running in the primaries against six other candidates—Lauren Underwood, Daniel Roldan-Johnson, Matthew Brolley, John ...


Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.