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Jonathan Groff is set to be honored by the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The actor of HBO’s Looking and the Public Theater’s production of Hamilton will receive the Point Horizon Award at this year’s Point Honors Gala, to be held on April 13 at the New York Public Library and includes Brunson Green, Herb Hamsher and Judith Light as event co-chairs. As previously announced, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor will also be honored.
The Point Horizon Award recognizes a young trailblazer who has taken a leadership role as an advocate of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
“As a proud member of the ever-evolving LGBTQ community, I am so moved by how the Point Foundation truly brings us together as a community in order to reach back and help the youngest generation find pride and inspiration in being who they are,” said Groff in a statement. “The foundation helps these young LGBTQ scholars, at perhaps their most vulnerable age, realize that the thing that makes them different can be one of their greatest assets.”
Previous recipients of the Horizon Award include Nigel Barker, Jane Krakowski, Andy Cohen, Kristin Chenoweth and Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta.
“Jonathan Groff is a young star of great talent, ambition and vision — very much like our Point Scholars,” said Jorge Valencia, Point Foundation executive director and CEO. “He is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and uses his position to speak about both the challenges and opportunities young LGBTQ people face in society. As an actor and an advocate, Groff is an inspiration to the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.”