Gay rights group to honor Spencer

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Oc­tavia Spencer will be hon­ored by the Gay, Les­bian and Straight Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work with its In­spi­ra­tion Award at a gala later this year.

GLSEN an­nounced Tues­day that the star of “Hid­den Fig­ures” and “The Help” will re­ceive the honor at the group’s Re­spect Awards in Oc­to­ber in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor El­iza Byard said in a state­ment that Spencer “has de­voted her ca­reer to di­verse sto­ry­telling, pro­mot­ing so­cial good and is a stead­fast ally for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.”

GLSEN was founded in 1990 to ad­dress LGBT is­sues in K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, and has pre­sented the Re­spect Awards since 2004.

The group’s past hon­orees have in­cluded Kerry Washington and Ellen Pom­peo. Aug. 14 birth­days: Singer David Crosby is 78. Ac­tor­mu­si­cian Steve Martin is 74. Ro­mance nov­el­ist Danielle Steel is 72. Car­toon­ist Gary Lar­son is 69. Ac­tress Mar­cia Gay Harden is 60. Ac­tress Halle Berry is 53. Key­boardist Cody McCarver is 51. Ac­tress Lalanya Masters is 47. Ac­tor Christo­pher Gorham is 45. Ac­tress Mila Ku­nis is 36. Ac­tor Lamorne Mor­ris is 36. Ac­tress Mar­sai Martin is 15.

MIKE COP­POLA/GETTY

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