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PFLAG 50th Gala To Honor Big Freedia

By Charlotte Robinson, February 18, 2023

PFLAG has announced that GRAMMY Award winning bounce music superstar Big Freedia will be presented with the “Breaking Barriers Award” at their 50th Anniversary Gala on March 3rd at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. The PFLAG National Breaking Barriers Award honors an individual who uses their platform to help remove obstacles to LGBTQ & intersectional equality in pursuit of a more just, equitable & inclusive world. Big Freedia is the first recipient of this honor. Big Freedia stated, “I know what it is to have unconditional love & affirmation from my mother, Ms. Vera, who was my biggest champion in my life & my career. She was what every PFLAG parent strives to be & is one of the reasons I can be the loud, proud Black, gay, gender fluid advocate I am. I am truly honored to be recognized by PFLAG National with the Breaking Barriers Award, because I know the power of the walls you can break down when you do it with your parents & allies.” Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National concluded, “Whether it’s making the dance floor a place where every person of every body type is welcome, or it’s being unabashedly herself on the world’s biggest stages as a genderfluid Black and beautiful musician, Big Freedia has used every part of her talent & joy to open doors & break barriers to inclusion. We are proud to honor Big Freedia with the inaugural PFLAG National Breaking Barriers Award.” Amber Ruffin will host the event with appearances by Tati Gabrielle (YOU, Uncharted), Eureka (WE’RE HERE), Rose Abdoo (HACKS) & performances by Robin S., Evann McIntosh, Johnny Manuel & more. 

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