Human Rights Campaign to Honor Whoopi Goldberg for Her LGBT Support
Oscar-winning actress and the current co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg will be awarded the “Ally For Equality Award” by the Humans Rights Campaign for her longtime support of the LGBT community.
The ceremony is set to take place on Feb. 2 during the 12th Annual Greater New York Human Rights Campaign Gala. According to the HRC, the award is “given to allies outside the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.”
“We are proud to honor Whoopi Goldberg with the Ally for Equality Award for her commitment to
the LGBT community through her public support of marriage equality, including taking part in our successful New Yorkers for Marriage Equality video campaign in 2011,” Chad Griffin, HRC’s president, said in a statement.
“Whoopi is always willing to stand up for our community and is a longtime friend of HRC.”
Goldberg’s support for gay rights goes as far back as 1987, when she spoke at the March on Washington for gay rights.
“Mr. Reagan, did you explain…that sometimes ignorant people act in such a way [toward people with AIDS] that it is frightening.… How long is it going to take before people get smart…educated people? We’re not talking about illiterate people. We’re talking about senators and congressmen and the fucking president,” Goldberg was quoted by The Advocate at the time.
Last June she hosted the New York City Council LGBT Pride event in New York City.