One of the most inspirational ways to demonstrate the enormous contributions of straight allies is through the annual Straight for Equality Gala. This event was started in 2009, with the aim of honoring and celebrating the work done by high-profile straight allies. Their selfless support of the LGBT community truly embodies the spirit of Straight for Equality and PFLAG National. Our work could not continue without them and we are grateful for the opportunity to honor them. The Straight for Equality Gala is the only annual event solely dedicated to honoring the contributions of straight allies.
The evening provides attendees with an opportunity to honor and celebrate some amazing straight allies in fields such as education, entertainment, business, sports, and literature. Past winners include civil rights pioneers like Dr. Maya Angelou and Dr. Johnetta B Cole, entertainer Liza Minnelli, actresses Sigourney Weaver, Rosie Perez, and Ally Sheedy, actor Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE, Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, sports icons Scott Fujita, Hudson Taylor, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Chris Kluwe, authors Charlaine Harris and John Irving, faith leaders like the Rev. Jay Bakker and Ruth Messinger, and organizations including IBM, Sodexo, MetLife, KPMG, Whirlpool, and Johnson & Johnson.