Natasha Lyonne to Host Outfest's Legacy Awards

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Armistead Maupin and Hilary Swank are among the night's honorees

Natasha Lyonne has signed on to host the 10th annual Legacy Awards, a fundraiser to support the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the largest archive of LGBT moving images in the world.

The inaugural dinner — honoring Armistead Maupin with the Visionary Award, Hilary Swank with the Trailblazer Award and Levi Strauss & Co. with the Guardian Award — is set to take place on Nov. 12 at the downtown L.A. performing arts venue Vibiana. Head chef Neal Fraser is shepherding the menu.

"Natasha Lyonne is a force — she has been unafraid to push the boundaries of gender and sexuality in roles ranging from the hilariously campy to the downright brazen," Outfest executive director Kirsten Schaffer said of Lyonne, an Emmy nominee who stars on Orange is the New Black.

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Schaffer added that several of Lyonne's films are included in the the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project archive, including But I'm A Cheerleader, G.B.F. and Party Monster.

Outfest is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that promotes equality through fostering LGBT stories on the screen. More information on the awards and the organization can be found at Outfest.org. The Legacy Awards are co-presented by Merrill Lynch and Showtime.

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