Meryl Streep is no stranger to winning awards — with Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes wins under her belt, she is surely running out of room to display all of her honors. But in February, the star is set to receive another honor that she’ll just have to make space for.
According to the Huffington Post, Streep is set to receive the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign will present Streep with the award on Feb. 11 at their 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, says the Huffington Post.
Increasing awareness of LGBTQ people through movie roles, HuffPost outlines her history of maximizing visibility for the community in this way:
“In 1979, she played a lesbian in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” and was bisexual and shared a smooch with Allison Janney in “The Hours.” Then, of course, there was her much buzzed-about onstage lip-lock with Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards. And who could forget about her fantastical love scene in “Angels in America,” in which an angel (played by Emma Thompson) brought her to orgasm while hovering over Manhattan?”
Beyond her professional advocacy moments, HuffPost says that Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin believes that Streep deserves the award for generally being an advocate of LGBTQ people.
“Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community.”