Katy Perry and America Ferrera to Be Honored by Human Rights Campaign for Their LGBTQ Work
By Jennifer Drysdale
Katy Perry and America Ferrera are being recognized for their LGBTQ advocacy work.
Both stars will be honored by the Human Rights Campaign at the organization's 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 18. Perry will be awarded with the National Equality Award, while Ferrera will be presented with the Ally for Equality Award by her friend, Lena Dunham.
"We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people -- and, in particular, young people. Katy's message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world."
Ferrera, meanwhile, "has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing equality for all people and sets a stirring example for others to follow," Griffin added. "As we continue the fight for full equality during this very uncertain time for our country, we are constantly inspired by America and our friend, Lena Dunham -- both fierce and outspoken champions of equality."
Hillary Clinton's former vice presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, will be the featured speaker at the event.
Perry took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to the news of her award, saying that she was "honored to continually use my voice for equality and justice for ALL!"