HOLLYWOOD, September 24, 2010 – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National will join with entertainment industry leaders to honor the contributions of producer Ryan Murphy (GLEE; EAT PRAY LOVE) and the creators of the hit film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT at the first-ever PFLAG /LA EVENT to be held on Friday, October 1st at the London West Hollywood.
“For nearly 40 years, PFLAG’s work has supported families and strengthened communities with a message of unconditional love and acceptance,” said PFLAGs executive director Jody M. Huckaby. “This event will give PFLAG the opportunity to honor entertainment industry leaders who are advancing the same message through their work.”
Event Co-Chair Daniel Sladek, (Emmy Award-nominated executive producer of PRAYERS FOR BOBBY), echoed Huckaby’s sentiments. “Ryan Murphy and Lisa Cholodenko have put the stories of LGBT youth, parents, their families and friends in millions of homes and movie theatres around the country. We are so proud to honor their accomplishments on this occasion, the first LA Event PFLAG National has produced in its long history as a leader in the LGBT equality movement.”
The LA Event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winner Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ABC’s hit comedy MODERN FAMILY, and will include appearances by Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (GLEE) and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). Additionally, the event will have a live musical performance by Grammy-Award winning recording artist Nelly Furtado.
“We are thrilled to have the tremendously talented Nelly Furtado performing at this inaugural event,” added Sladek.
The PFLAG LA Event Host Committee features some of the industry’s top talent – and advocates for equality – including co-chairs Daniel Sladek, David Permut and Chris Taaffe (Emmy Award-nominated executive producers of PRAYERS FOR BOBBY), screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award®-winner, MILK), director Bryan Singer (X-MEN; SUPERMAN RETURNS), Laurence Fishburn (Academy Award®-nominee, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT ; CSI), Jane Lynch, Marlee Matlin (Academy Award®-winner CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD), producer Bruce Cohen (Academy Award®-winner, AMERICAN BEAUTY and MILK), Dan Jinks (Academy Award®-winner, AMERICAN BEAUTY and MILK), Linda Berman, Brian Graden (former MTV President of Entertainment and founder of Logo), Erwin More (agent), and Jeff Olde (VH1 programming chief).
For more information, please visit http://www.pflag.org/TheLAEvent.