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Ocean’s 8 actress Anne Hathaway to receive human rights award

Anne Hathaway is set to be honored with the HRC National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign next week.

The 35-year-old actress will be given the prestigious honor at the 22nd annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, September 15, in recognition of her continued charity work, particularly with the LGBTQ community, Variety has reported.

HRC president Chad Griffin told Variety: “Through her incredible talent and bold activism, Anne Hathaway uses her global platform to stand up for the LGBTQ community. “From speaking out against discriminatory legislation targeting the LGBTQ community to her leadership on workplace equality for women, Anne is making a real difference in the lives of countless people around the globe.”

The publication states that former Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the event, as well as former Attorney General Eric Holder, Virginia Delegate Danica Roem, and Nevada Secretary of State candidate Nelson Araujo. Anne and her husband Adam Shulman famously sold their wedding photos and donated proceeds to organizations working to achieve marriage equality when they tied the knot in 2012.

The ‘Ocean’s Eight’ star also joined in an HRC-led petition in 2016 to protest a Georgia bill that would allow discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. On top of that, Annie is the UN Women’s Global Ambassador, where she works to support women’s equality in the workplace, and also serves on the advisory board for Lollipop Theatre Network, an organization that screens films for hospital patients with chronic or life-threatening illness.

Speaking about her work with the LGBTQ community in 2008, the ‘Les Miserables’ star said: “I don’t consider myself just an ally to the LGBT community, I consider myself your family. And so, I’m doing what we should all do with our families – I’m loving you, I support you, I completely accept you as you are, as I hope you do me, and if anyone ever tries to hurt you, I’m going to give them hell.”

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