Insurance giant MetLife will be honored by gay rights group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) at their annual gala in New York City.

MetLife will receive the group's 2011 Straight for Equality in Business award on Monday, March 14 as part of PFLAG's third annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala to be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

“MetLife is clearly a leader in workplace diversity and inclusion across all dimensions, but to us, their commitment to achieving equality for LGBT people – and empowering straight allies to do this important work – made them a natural choice for the 2011 award,” said Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National.

“Simply put, MetLife walks its talk, demonstrated time and again through their internal policies, external practices and corporate philanthropy,” he added.

“PFLAG National has been a great partner in helping MetLife educate associates about how straight allies can be supportive of LGBT people at work, at home and in their communities,” said Lynne DiStasio, vice president and chief diversity officer at MetLife.

MetLife has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index – a measure of a company's support for LGBT workers – for eight years running.