The 40th Anniversary PFLAG NYC Awards Dinner, on October 14 gave the organization the chance to honor some much-admired LGBT activists. The event was attended by a large array of guests.
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plaintiff Edie Windsor left the event with the “Stay Close” Individual Leadership Award. Miss Windsor fought for the government to recognize her marriage to Thea Spyer after being made to pay estate taxes following Thea’s death. Windsors efforts led to the Supreme Court declaring DOMA unconstitutional in June 2013, and so shifting the federal government’s treatment of same-sex marriage.
Daryl Roth took home the PFLAG NYC “Stay Close” Family Leadership Award in recognition of her major role in the 2011 campaign for marriage equality in New York. Roth has successfully accumulated a record of 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, many of which have focused on themes related to the LGBT community, including this year’s Toni-award winning musical, “Kinky Boots.”
A third notable award went to Daniel Pearle, author of the play “A Kid Like Jake,” which focuses on the struggle of two parents dealing with their child’s gender nonconformity. Pearle’s play echoes a resonant theme addressed by many parents who often seek guidance at PFLAG NYC support groups.
David Hyde Pierce, star of the television show “Frasier,” is set to direct the musical “It shoulda Been You” and acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Sierra Boggess and Harriet Harris performed a sneak peak from the musical, co-written by Pierce’s husband Brian Hargrove.