Charlize Theron was honored with a top prize from the country's leading gay organization that monitors the media.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation presented its Vanguard Award to Theron at the 17th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday for increasing "visibility and understanding in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."
Last year, Theron told TV's "Extra" that she and her partner, Stuart Townsend, would not wed until gay and lesbian couples attained the legal right to marry.
"I feel so fortunate that I am in a relationship with a wonderful man," Theron said Saturday night. "I find it incredibly unfair that because of our sexual preference, we have the rights that we have, and that, because of someone else's sexual preference, they don't have those same rights."
Other winners included Felicity Huffman's transsexual road trip "Transamerica" for outstanding film in limited release; cable TV's chic lesbian ensemble "The L Word" for outstanding drama series, and NBC's "Will & Grace" for outstanding comedy series.
Actress Laura Dern presented Grammy-winning singer and openly lesbian breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
The honor, named after a Los Angeles casting director, is given annually to "an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community."
I love that they honored My Amusement Park favorite Charlize Theron! And Melissa Etheridge is so cool, of course. Will and Grace and The L Word should probably both win GLAAD awards and be censured by the organization.