This Wednesday (September 2), PFLAG National is virtually hosting their annual “Moving Equality Forward” event, where they will honor Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with the 2020 PFLAG National Champion of Justice award.
The PFLAG National Champion of Justice Award recognizes an elected official who champions fairness, equality, and justice for all people in the country and around the world. Past honorees include the late Rep. John Lewis, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, former Rep. Barney Frank, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
“It is an immense honor to accept the 2020 PFLAG National Champion of Justice Award,” Pelosi said in a released statement. “As the representative of San Francisco, I am proud of the work that PFLAG San Francisco has done to strengthen our city through its committed advocacy and education for over 30 years.”
“Speaker Pelosi has demonstrated in no uncertain terms that she is a champion of justice, beginning with her first House floor speech in 1987, when she stated definitively that she had come to Congress to fight AIDS. As an HIV-positive person myself, her words and her passion resonate,” said Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National. “As the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Speaker Pelosi has made history, deftly moving more than 500 bills through the House this session, including most notably the Equality Act and a resolution in support of military servicemembers who are transgender. Her tireless work on behalf of LGBTQ+ people, our families, workplaces, and communities is why PFLAG National is proud to honor Speaker Nancy Pelosi as our 2020 Champion of Justice.”
Wednesday’s ticketed event supports PFLAG Connects, a program helping PFLAG chapters virtually meet their community’s needs through online meetings, tools, and learning sessions. The event will be hosted by performing activist and Tony Award-winning Broadway star Andre De Shields. Special guests include Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rep. Deb Haaland, and Rep. Barbara Lee. The event will also feature a cocktail demonstration by mixologist Gianna Burns.
The event will broadcast at 6:30pm. Tickets for individuals are $35 and can be purchased at pflag.org/mef2020. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a link to the broadcast.