Actor Matthew Morrison to receive HRC Ally for Equality Award

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Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will honor actor Matthew Morrison for his public support of the LGBT movement. A triple threat in stage, acting and singing, the Glee star will be granted this year’s Ally for Equality Award.

“We recognize Matthew Morrison, a star in music, theatre, and television, for his public commitment to LGBT equality, and in particular to LGBT young people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a press release.  

“We are proud to honor him with the Ally for Equality Award and thank him for standing up for LGBT people everywhere.”

Morrison is an outspoken supporter for the LGBT community, most well known as playing Mr. Schuester on Ryan Murphy’s Glee. 

According to HRC’s blog, “The Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people.”

In 2012, Morrison also played Prop 8 Plaintiff Paul Katami in Academy Award winner Dustin Black’s play, 8. Morrison’s previous work includes his Broadway debut in “Footloose” followed by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Hairspray,” and “The Light In The Piazza.” 

In 2011, he recorded his first original album with noteworthy singers such as Elton John, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow. His follow-up studio album will be titled Where It All Began and will debut on June 4. The Glee star has been nominated for the Emmy’s, the Tony’s and the Golden Globes. 

Morrison will be presented the award on May 4 at HRC’s annual Gala dinner in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency.

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