Meryl Streep has been a gay icon for decades. But, even though she’s got a list of awards a mile long, she’s never been honored for her work with the LGBT community—until now.
The Human Rights Campaign is giving Streep its 2016 Ally for Equality Award, February 11 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. The award recognizes “outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community.”
“Throughout her phenomenal career, Meryl Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “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.”
Queer audiences have had an affinity for Streep’s work in films like The Devil Wears Prada, Death Becomes Her, Mamma Mia!, Postcards From the Edge and Into the Woods. She has played gay characters in 1983’s Silkwood and The Hours in 2005.
Streep also starred in HBO’s adaptation of Tony Kushner’s seminal AIDS drama Angels in America, a performance she called one of the most important of her career.
In her Golden Globes acceptance speech that year, she addressed President George W. Bush’s call for an amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Before Streep accepts HRC’s accolade, she’ll be presented with the Cecil B. deMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January.