Former secretary of state and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive a special award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation according to the Associated Press on September 4. Clinton has earned the honor for her support of gay rights.
Clinton will receive the foundation’s inaugural Founder’s Award on October 15. The foundation sited Clinton’s 2011 speech she gave on International Human Rights as a special moment in the fight for human rights. In the speech she gave recognition to gay rights as human rights:
“This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
Hillary Clinton went on to assert gay rights as human rights for helping bring to light what the world would be like without AIDS.
Clinton will join her husband, former President Bill Clinton as a recipient of an award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Bill Clinton received his award in 2009. Others to be honored on October 15 include celebrity chef Sandra Lee, and business mogul Ronald Perelman. Howard Rose, a founding board member of the organization will also receive special recognition.
The benefit will take place in New York City and will be hosted by Anderson Cooper.