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Sharon Stone recognized by lesbian rights group

APRIL 28, 2004

Sharon Stone seen here with the Dalai Lama during a presentation at the University of California-Irvine 16 April 2004
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SAN FRANCISCO — Sharon Stone has received an award from the National Center for Lesbian Rights for her support of gay and lesbian civil rights.

The actress who has helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS research and has portrayed lesbian characters in movies including "Basic Instinct," received the NCLR Spirit Award at the organization's 27th anniversary celebration Saturday night in San Francisco.

"Sharon Stone has a very long history of leadership and involvement with volunteer groups," said Ruth Harris, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based center. "We're honoring her for a whole range of things over a many year period."

Stone's contributions include raising money for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, founding the homeless youth camp Planet Hope, and working with Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles County program that brings food to homebound victims of AIDS.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who sparked a national debate by issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, presented the 46-year-old actress with the award at Saturday's event. – Sapa-AP




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