Greatest Living Actress(tm) Meryl Streep will be recognized for her support of the LGBT community at the 2017 HRC Great New York Gala, to be held February 11 at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group, will present La Streep with the Ally for Equality Award, recognizing "the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand-up for the LGBTQ community."
Streep's resume features some of the most essential films in the gay cinematic canon, from bleak historical dramas (Sophie's Choice, Silkwood) to rousing musicals (Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods) to darkly campy delights (the immensely quotable Death Becomes Her and The Devil Wears Prada).
Streep also memorably played multiple characters in HBO's epic adaptation of Tony Kushner's AIDS elegy Angels in America, and voiced her support for marriage equality when she picked up a Golden Globe for her tour de force. She recently called the role one of the most important of her career, adding that, "I just can't remember when LGBT people were not in my life."
During that same interview, she also fondly recalled kissing Allison Janney in The Hours, based off Michael Cunningham's classic queer novel.
"Throughout her phenomenal career, Meryl Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community."