Jennifer Lopez received the gay-rights group’s Ally For Equality award at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala Oct. 5 at the Washington Convention Center. The gala which raised $2.5 million recognized her efforts for raising money for HIV/AIDS causes, advocating against bullying, and executive producing a new groundbreaking ABC Family show, “The Fosters.”
“It’s a celebration of us,” Lopez said, “of what we can accomplish when we throw fear out the window and opt to do what we know in our hearts is right.”
Lopez donned a gorgeous burgundy velvet gown by Zuhair Murad and received the award by iconic activist and feminist Gloria Steinem.
Lopez also founded the Lopez Family Foundation with her sister Lynda, to increase the availability of quality health care and health education to women and children around the world.
In July the Bronx native came under fire from the Human Rights Foundation after she sang “Happy Birthday” to the controversial leader of Turkmenistan. Lopez later apologized for the performance, saying she had no idea that about the leader’s oppressive rulings.
“The Fosters,” the new ABC Family drama she produces is about a same-sex couple raising foster kids. “I’m a single mom, raising my own so-called non-traditional family,” she stated.