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Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, Rev. Jay Bakker to be honored by PFLAG at Straight for Equality Gala


PFLAG National announces that engaged Broadway power couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson will receive the organization's 2012 Straight for Equality in Entertainment Award on April 2 in New York City.

McDonald currently is starring in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Swenson in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Both McDonald and Swenson have been longtime advocates of marriage equality.

"We couldn't be more excited to honor Audra and Will," said Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National. "Their work together, and separately, speaks volumes about what it means to be a straight ally, and goes right to the heart of the mission of Straight for Equality. That they are also a loving, straight couple, raising children in the spirit of equality for all, goes a long way in supporting PFLAG's 40-year mission of support, education, and advocacy by and for parents, families, friends, and allies of GLBT people."

Also being honored: The Rev. Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner.

"Our decision to honor Pastor Jay Bakker this year was a simple one," Huckaby said. "We've seen faith communities all over the country taking up this dialogue about what it means to support GLBT people, to welcome them, include them, and uplift them. In the Christian community, Pastor Bakker is a leader in these discussions, and we are proud to recognize the incredible work he has been doing—around the country and around the world—to move equality forward in communities of faith."


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