FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2010
Liz Owen, (323) 404-3185
Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National, (202) 467-8180 ext. 213
PFLAG NATIONAL HONORS RYAN MURPHY AND THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
AT THE PFLAG LA EVENT
Grammy Winner and Multi Platinum Global Superstar NELLY FURTADO to Perform
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.”
Murphy, whose show GLEE is groundbreaking in its portrayal of LGBT youth, was honored by his inclusion at the event.
“Equality really begins at home, with parents and family members. PFLAG is a vital grassroots organization in this movement, and I’m honored to be one of the first PFLAG LA Event honorees,” said Murphy.
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 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 Fishburne (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.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 250 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit www.pflag.org.