Tuesday, March 8, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PFLAG National will hold its third annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala on Monday, March 14 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Straight for Equality – a national outreach and education project created by PFLAG National – educates and empowers straight allies to advocate for and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
This year's honorees are Academy Award®-nominated actress Rosie Perez (DO THE RIGHT THING, FEARLESS), who will receive the Straight For Equality in Entertainment award, champion college wrestler-turned-coach Hudson Taylor, who will receive the Straight for Equality in Sports award, and best-selling author Charlaine Harris (The SOOKIE STACKHOUSE series, basis for the HBO series TRUE BLOOD), who will receive the first-ever Straight for Equality in Literature award. Financial services leader MetLife will receive the Straight for Equality in Business award.
The upcoming season of "True Blood" will borrow at least some of its key plot points from "Dead to the World," the fourth novel in mystery writer Charlaine Harris' long-running series about telepathic cocktail waitress/fairy Sookie Stackhouse and the supernatural creatures vying for her affection in Bon Temps, La.
But Alan Ball, the creator of the hit HBO series adapted from Harris' fiction, wasn't too generous with the gory details at the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest's tribute to the hit show this weekend at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, especially when it came to questions about just how a potential romance between Anna Paquin's Sookie and Alexander Skarsgard's vampire Eric Northman might play out.
Still, the wildly devoted fans assembled for the event didn't seem to mind. The clip Ball showed from the season premiere, which is set for June, and the presence of 16 of the series' cast members -- including Paquin and her off-screen husband Stephen Moyer, in addition to Skarsgard -- were more than sufficient to generate deafening applause.