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Straight ally and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita will receive an award for his continued support of gay rights from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays May 1.
Fujita, who was a member of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints earlier this year, will take home the Straight for Equality in Sports award.
"I've found that every time I open my mouth about an issue that's unrelated to football, I alienate some people," Fujita told The Advocate in February. "But that's a risk I'm willing to take. Because for every piece of hate mail I've received for speaking out in support of gay marriage or for wanting to bring the troops home or for discussing the injustices of Japanese internment, there's a dozen people who either appreciate what I'm doing or who think about the issue in a different way."
Other honorees for the evening include Liza Minnelli, who will receive the Straight for Equality in Entertainment award, and Sodexo, which will receive the Straight for Equality in Business.