HRC announced that the organization will honor Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway with the HRC National Equality Award at the 22nd annual HRC National Dinner next Saturday, September 15, 2018. As previously announced, the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will speak, as well as former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder; trailblazing Virginia Delegate Danica Roem; and Nevada Secretary of State candidate Nelson Araujo. Earlier in the day, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, will address HRC members.
Anne Hathaway has been a powerful voice in the fight for LGBTQ equality. In 2012, Anne and her husband, Adam Shulman, sold their wedding photos and donated proceeds to organizations working to achieve marriage equality. In 2016, as lawmakers in Georgia were considering the passage of a sweeping license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, Anne joined an HRC-led petition with actors and film studios in making clear they would take their film and television productions elsewhere if the governor signed the discriminatory legislation into law. In response, the governor vetoed the harmful legislation. In 2008, Anne told a crowd of HRC members and supporters in Los Angeles, “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.”
Anne was appointed as UN Women’s Global Ambassador in 2016, where she works with the UN Women to foster more positive mindsets and practical arrangements around workplaces that build and support equality for women. She also serves on the advisory board for Lollipop Theater Network, which is an organization that screens movies in hospitals for pediatric patients suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness. She also recently began working at The Nike Foundation’s “Girl Effect”.