Streisand to receive humanitarian honour for gay rights efforts

October 15, 2003

LOS ANGELES — Barbra Streisand will receive a Human Rights Campaign (HRC award for her support of gay and lesbian issues, religious freedom, and racial and gender equality.

The group, which lobbies on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people, will present Streisand with its Humanitarian Award on March 6.

The gay and lesbian "community and the nation have been enriched by Ms. Streisand," said Elizabeth Birch, the group's executive director. "Her passion and leadership are important to all Americans."

The group said Streisand, 61, took a stand against an anti-gay-rights proposal in Colorado in 1992 and has been a regular financial contributor to the Human Rights Campaign and other gay and lesbian organizations.

Also being honored are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of Academy Award best-picture winner "Chicago." The Human Rights Campaign is giving Zadan and Meron its corporate award for their work on projects that positively portray gay and lesbian characters, including the TV movies "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" and "What Makes a Family." –Sapa-AP

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