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PFLAG To Honor Tom Daley At 50th Gala

By Charlotte Robinson, February 24, 2023

Olympic gold medalist & LGBTQ activist Tom Daley will be honored with the 2023 George Takei Advocate Award at the iconic LGBTQ org’s 50th Anniversary Gala event on Friday March 3rd at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. The George Takei Advocate Award honors a person who uses their visibility to help advance PFLAG’s work to create a caring, just & affirming world for LGBTQ people & those who love them. The award is named in honor of the actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power & New York Times bestselling author. George Takei stated, “I first met Tom in 2019 in New York. This was before he competed for and won his Olympic Gold Medal, before he was named to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire & before his powerful BBC documentary ‘Illegal to Be Me,’ but after he had become a parent. It was clear then that Tom knew his role would forever be to make this world a better, more affirming place for LGBTQ+ people & families. I am honored to lend my name to an award from PFLAG National that recognizes the courage to advocate for LGBTQ+ people & I am proud that Tom Daley will be the first to receive it.” PFLAG previously announced that they will also bestow honors on Big Freedia (Breaking Barriers Award) & Mondelēz (Straight for Equality in Business Award) at a spectacular event hosted by Amber Ruffin & featuring Tati Gabrielle (YOU, Uncharted), Eureka (WE’RE HERE), Rose Abdoo (HACKS) & more with performances by Robin S., Evann McIntosh, Johnny Manuel & VINCINT. 

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