Sookie Stackhouse Creator Charlaine Harris to Be Honored at Straight For Equality Awards

Charlaine Harris, author of the popular Sookie Stackhouse series, will be honored on March 14th at the third annual Straight for Equality Awards held by PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project that educates and empowers straight allies to advocate for and support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Harris will receive the first ever Straight for Equality in Literature award. She says on her blog:

When I began to write the Sookie series, over a decade ago, I made a conscious decision to parallel the struggle of vampires with the struggle of gay people to gain basic rights. I also realized that a lot of people wouldn’t care about the subtext of the books, and that’s okay, too. I’m not trying to preach. I just wanted to make a point in my own way.

She goes on to say:

Though I think there is much more understanding of, and tolerance for, people whose sexual orientation is not hetero, there’s still a lot of hostility out there. I believe hatred of people who express their sexuality differently is based in fear and lack of knowledge, and that can be remedied with education. But it’ll be a long time coming.

All of us, every single one, know multiple people who are homosexual. If you’re saying, “I don’t!” you’re wrong. The gay people you know are scared to tell you who they really are. Don’t be one of those people who make them afraid to speak out.

Harris’ fellow honorees are Rosie Perez, who will receive the Straight For Equality in Entertainment award, and champion college wrestler-turned-coach Hudson Taylor, who will receive the Straight for Equality in Sports award. MetLife will receive the Straight for Equality in Business award. Go here for more information about the awards.

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