The Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National organization will recognize Sir Patrick Stewart for his efforts in advancing equality at the fifth annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala. Stewart will receive the Straight for Equality in Entertainment award with NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, author John Irving and Whirlpool Corporation to be honored also.
“From breaking through the ‘don’t play gay’ barrier with roles in Jeffrey, Frasier and now his upcoming film Match to his unwavering support for putting an end to violence against women, Sir Patrick Stewart is an ideal honoree,” said PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby in a statement.
“His roles in both X-Men and Star Trek The Next Generation, two franchises which have touched on themes such as the damage done by discrimination and the hurt inflicted by exclusion, have sent uncompromising messages to viewers, particularly GLBT youth, who have found themselves feeling hopeless and without allies,” Huckaby added.
The awards will take place Thursday, April 4 in New York’s Times Square, with this year being PFLAG’s 40th anniversary. Stewart has said that supporting equality has been important for him throughout his career.
“I am delighted and honored to receive this PFLAG Straight for Equality in Entertainment Award. From my earliest years as an actor I have always been proud of the support the creative community gives to all forms of human and civil rights,” said Stewart in a statement.