The accolade will be part of the Gay & Lesbian
Center's 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction in Los Angeles,
Hosted by Leslie Jordan and featuring Jane Lynch, the 12
Novemner event will also honour Neil Patrick Harris and partner
Bono, who will be honored with the Center's Board of
Directors award, is being rewarded for publicly sharing his
experience transitioning from female-to-male in the documentary
Since 1995, he has been a dedicated activist in the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender community, having served as a
spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and Entertainment Media
Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
"Chaz has been a trailblazer in our community for many years,
bravely speaking his truth
and working to make our movement stronger. He has continued that
leadership since coming out as a transgender man. No other person
has done more than Chaz to promote visibility and understanding
about the reality of transgender people," says Center CEO Lorri L.
"His courageous example is helping transgender youth and their
families throughout the world. That's great progress not only for
the LGBT community, but for society as a whole."
Emmy-winning stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris (How I
Met Your Mother) and his partner, actor and chef David Burtka, will
be honored at the gala with the Rand Schrader Distinguished
Achievement Award, presented by Center board member Jane Lynch.
Lynch was the recipient of the award last year.