Actress, comedian, talk show host and activist Whoopi Goldberg has been a longtime supporter for gay rights and her efforts are being honored by the Human Rights Campaign. In an announcement made by HRC on Tuesday, Goldberg will receive the 2013 HRC Ally for Equality Award which is given to allies outside the LGBT community who stand up in continuous support towards the equality of all Americans.
Goldberg is being recognized for her outspokenness for equality worldwide. Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, made the following statement:
“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. Whoopi is always willing to stand up for our community and is a longtime friend of HRC.”
Goldberg is not shy when it comes to speaking her mind, and this attribute is a reason why she has been an effective voice of support for gay rights and issues. Back in 1987 she delivered a speech at the March on Washington for gay rights where she spoke up against ignorance.
“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 f__king president.”
Her words still ring true in 2013 although LGBT rights have made strides with the legalization of same-sex marriage in 9 states and several celebrities and public figures coming out and showing their pride as individuals. Whoopi Goldberg who is a co-host on ABC’s The View continues to defend LGBT rights whenever the topic arises on the show.
Whoopi Goldberg will receive the Ally for Equality Award on February 2 in New York City. Featured guests include New Jersey Mayor Cory A. Booker.