Next Monday PFLAG National will honor four outstanding straight allies during the Fourth Annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala in New York. The evening is dedicated to elevating the voices and accomplishments of straight allies who are achieving equality for all. Receiving the award for Straight for Equality In Faith Communities is Pastor Jay Bakker!
Pastor Bakker has been an outspoken straight ally for a number of years, taking a very public stand on issues such as the importance of providing welcoming communities of faith for LGBT people, and marriage equality. In his book, Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society, Bakker talks about his own family’s “fall from grace,” and how it colored his personal understanding of the need for God to be available to all people. His self-described “spiritual evolution” to becoming an LGBT-affirming minister was one he played out in the public eye, much to the benefit of others who have wrestled with LGBT acceptance and how it fits into their beliefs. "It's an honor to be awarded for the work I love,” said Pastor Bakker.
“Our decision to honor Pastor Jay Bakker this year was a simple one,” said Jody Huckaby, PFLAG National’s Executive Director. “We’ve seen faith communities all over the country taking up this dialogue about what it means to support LGBT 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.”
Stay tuned this week for more about the 2012 Straight for Equality Awards Gala award winners, including Entertainment honorees Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, and Workplace honoree KPMG LLP.