We’re proud to sponsor, alongside MetLife and the NBA, the 32nd Annual PFLAG NYC Awards Gala to be held on Monday, October 15 , at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York City. This is our seventh consecutive year supporting the worthy organization and this year Audra McDonald will be the featured honoree. McDonald will receive the PFLAG NYC “Stay Close” Leadership Award in recognition of her years advocating full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and for her participation in the PFLAG NYC “Stay Close” campaign which features straight celebrities appearing with their LGBT loved ones.
The PFLAG NYC Awards Gala will benefit the Safe Schools Program, where parents and LGBT speakers work with classrooms of middle and high school students across the city. In the past two years, Safe Schools has spoken to over 8,000 students in the five boroughs, sharing family stories and engaging students in what, for many of them, is the first open and respectful conversation they have had about LGBT issues. Speakers often use the celebrity power of the “Stay Close” campaign to inspire dialogue with students, and to demonstrate that LGBT people can be a part of loving, supportive families.
In addition to Audra McDonald , City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, the first openly gay teacher in NYC and a longtime advocate for LGBT rights will also receive a PFLAG NYC “Stay Close” Leadership Award for his many accomplishments on behalf of the LGBT community. And for the first time, this year’s gala will present the PFLAG NYC Safe Schools Leadership Award to an educator who has promoted understanding and acceptance in order to create a climate where all students can thrive.