Today, HRC announced that announced that global pop icon and longtime equality advocate Katy Perry will be honored with HRC’s National Equality Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 18. Ground-breaking actress and LGBTQ advocate America Ferrera will be also be recognized with HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. Lena Dunham, actor, writer, director, creator and star of HBO’s GIRLS and co-founder of LennyLetter.com, will present the award to Ferrera, her friend and fellow advocate.
“We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people – and, in particular, young people. Katy’s message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world.”
Katy Perry is an international music superstar, and has emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful voices for LGBTQ equality. She was a tireless campaigner for equality champion Hillary Clinton during her historic 2016 presidential campaign, including performing at the Democratic National Convention, and has been recognized for using her global platform to inspire LGBTQ youth. In the 10 years since her Capitol Records debut, she has sold over 40 million adjusted albums worldwide, over 125 million tracks worldwide and her songs have been streamed over 18 billion times worldwide. Her new song, “Chained To The Rhythm,” broke the record for most streams by a female artist on Spotify in one day, and views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl performance was the highest-rated in the event’s history.
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