Human Rights Campaign (HRC)—the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization—announced that Jennifer Lopez will receive the 2013 Ally for Equality Award at the organization’s sold-out National Dinner.
“Even facing pressure from anti-LGBT groups, Jennifer stands her ground as a strident equality supporter,” HRC President Chad Griffin told the press. “Throughout her career, Jennifer Lopez has always stood for fairness, justice and equality, and that’s what being an ally is all about.”
The Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and a whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT community members. The award is given to allies outside of the LGBT community who stand up for equality on behalf of all Americans.
Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to fighting for equal rights as she has been outspoken in her support for same-sex marriage legalization, raising millions of dollars for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency disease (HIV/AIDS) research and speaking out for bullying and youth anti-violence causes.
Despite being criticized and boycotted by One Million Moms—a project from the radically anti-LGBT group, American Family Association—Lopez has pushed forward in her fight for equality throughout time.
The Puerto Rican sensation, who is a mother of twins, is currently serving as the executive producer of ABC Family’s new television series The Fosters. The show is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of biological and foster kids being raised by two moms. She also recently received the 2,500 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June of this year.
The HRC National Dinner, which is expected to draw about 3,400 guests, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at the Washington Convention Center. Also in attendance will be the plaintiffs and attorneys from the historic Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases before the US Supreme Court earlier this year. The singer/songwriter will be there to perform her hit song, “Brave.”