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Jane Fonda and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be honored at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 46th anniversary gala Vanguard Awards, which will be held Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Lily Tomlin, who stars with Fonda in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, will present the award to Fonda, while actress Frances McDormand will present Nyswaner with his award.
Fonda was an early advocate for LGBT rights, campaigning with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative in the late ‘70s and also countering Anita Bryant when Bryant was working for repeal of an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida.
“This honor means a lot to me. The work that the Center does for the LGBT community, its children and extended families is profound and essential,” said Fonda, who next will be seen onscreen in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Added Tomlin, “Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism and generosity. Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime.”
Nyswaner, an openly gay writer and producer, received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for 1993’s Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS. He received a Peabody Award for Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. His latest film, Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in the true story of a lesbian couple fighting for their pension benefits, opens Friday. He also is the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth-largest LGBT film archive in the United States.
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