Charlaine Harris Honored at Straight for Equality Awards

March 18, 2011 by  

Author Awarded for Fair Representation in Books

Charlaine HarrisThe author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine Harris, was honored at the 3rd Annual Straight for Equality Awards. She received the Straights for Equality in Literature award. It was the first time the award in literature was given out.

As reported on, Charlaine made comments on her blog about the award.

“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 people wouldn’t care about the subtext of the books, and that’s okay, too. I’m not trying to preach. I just want to make a point in my own way.”

Straight for Equality is an educational group promoting awareness and equality for gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, and transgender people.And while rights and acceptance have come a long way since Harris started writing the series, we still have a ways to go. Other honorees include Rosie Perez, wrestling coach Hudson Taylor, and MetLife. The awards were given out on March 14th.

Source: – Sookie Stackhouse Creator Charlaine Harris to be Honored at Straight for Equality Awards

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