The New Normal star Justin Bartha is being honored at the 2013 West Coast Liberty Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The Magic Johnson Foundation and community leader Eric Webber will also be honored at the Lambda Legal-hosted June 13 event, to be held at West Hollywood's London Hotel.
Lambda Legal is the country's largest legal organization and strives to achieve full recognition of civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and those living with HIV. The West Coast Liberty Awards is a yearly gala that recognizes individuals and organizations whose public advocacy and work has furthered the cause of Lambda Legal's vision of equality.
“I was very touched when I found out that Lambda Legal wanted to honor me at their West Coast Liberty Awards,” said Bartha in a statement. “I am happy to help in the fight for equality in any way I can whether that be personally or professionally on a show like The New Normal.”
Bartha, who stars in the upcoming rock film CBGB, is being honored for taking a stand in the fight for equality. The New Normal was honored at this year's GLAAD Media Awards, where Bartha shared his story about his brother's coming out.
Magic Johnson and his foundation will be recognized for their involvement in the HIV/AIDS fight through public education, direct service and nationwide advocacy.
Webber, president of the L.A. County Bar Association (LACBA), will be honored for his advocacy for LGBT advocacy in the legal profession.
This year's honorary committee includes Lily Tomlin, Alison Pill, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Michael Steger, Jai Rodriguez, Sara Rue, Grant Bowler, Rex Lee, Garcelle Beauvais, Janina Gavankar, Tony Denison and others. Lance Bass will host the event.
Tickets can be purchased at www.lambdalegal.org/WCLA13.