The Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy and a whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. This award is given to allies outside the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans. Recipients have shown a commitment to making America a place where LGBT people can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, in the community and in the media. The awards presented at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinners are the highest honor the organization bestows in the area of achieving equality for LGBT people.
Bravo's Andy Cohen received the "Visibility Award" in 2010.
Mo'Nique has long been a fierce ally for the Black LGBT community and a high-profile HIV/AIDS advocate. In a 2010 interview in The Advocate, she discussed the hypocrisy of the black church toward its many gay and lesbian members and said, "God don't make no mistakes."
The actress has also used The Mo'Nique Show as a platform for LGBT inclusiveness, such as a must-see episode where she and veteran R&B singer Miki Howard discussed gays in the black church.
For her dynamic performance in Precious, Mo'Nique became only the fifth Black woman to win an acting Oscar, some 70 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first to do so for Gone with the Wind.