Former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue to Present Honors to Ayanbadejo and Kluwe at PFLAG National Awards Gala

PFLAG National—the nation’s largest grassroots-based non-profit for families, friends, and straight allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people—today announced that former National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue will present the Straight for Equality in Sports Award to NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Super Bowl Championship-winning Baltimore Ravens and Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, at the organization’s fifth annual Straight for Equality Gala in New York City on Thursday, April 4th.

“It is an honor to present the Straight for Equality in Sports Award to Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo. We expect NFL players to be leaders in the community, and they are setting excellent examples,” said Tagliabue.  “When they speak out in support of marriage equality, they are contributing to a larger dialogue about full inclusion and equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. For PFLAG to be honoring them is particularly appropriate, because one of a parent’s greatest fears when their child is GLBT is that opportunities will be closed to their child. As long as professional team sports — and youth sports — are seen as not fully open, it contributes to this fear. Chris and Brendon are having a big impact in changing attitudes and making sports welcoming to all.”

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