On Monday, April 2, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) honored Audra and her fiancé Will Swenson with the 2012 Straight for Equality in Entertainment Award, which honors their work with the straight and gay community. Both Audra andWill, who got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2012, are long-time allies of the LGBT community.
Days before the groundbreaking decision to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, Audra joined pro-marriage-equality marchers, performing at their rally and lobbying state senators at New York’s capitol building. In July 2011, she sang at the New York City Hall wedding reception for John Feinblatt and Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Jonathan Mintz. The wedding was officiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was one of the first same-sex civil marriage ceremonies to be performed in the state of New York.