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  • My dear friends.

  • You have honored me this evening to a degree I feel I don't yet deserve.

  • When I read about the work of my fellow honorees, I felt humbled, and certain that among us, I am the one with much to prove.

  • I believe I've received this award, not so much because of what I've done, but because of the way I was born and raised.

  • I was born the younger sister of a gay manmy older brother Mikeand the daughter of parents who were both empathetic to, and loving of, the LGBT community.

  • In my household, being gay was and is, no big deal.

  • When my brother came out, we hugged him, said we loved him, and that was that.

  • When he brought home his first boyfriend...

  • Thank you.

  • When he brought his first boyfriend, now husband, home for a couple of weeks one Christmas,my father's only comment to my mother was:

  • "Please... try not to mix up our underwear."

  • We had no idea that I would become recognizable because of my work, and that we would become publicly labelled as having an "alternative family lifestyle."

  • Just for the record, we don't feel that there is actually anything alternative about our family values.

  • So, for semantic reasons only, it is with some hesitation that I accept the HRC Ally Award.

  • I don't consider myself just an ally to the LGBT community.

  • I consider myself your family.

  • And so, I'm doing what we should all do with our families:

  • I'm loving you, I support you, I completely accept you as you are, as I hope you do me.

  • And if anyone ever tries to hurt you, I'm gonna give them hell.

  • There are many people who... nah, did I just say many? That's such a jerk thing to say.

  • There are people who have said that I'm being brave for being openly supportive of gay marriage, gay adoption, basically of gay rights.

  • But, with all due respect, I humbly dissent.

  • I'm not being brave; I'm being a decent human being.

  • And I don't think I should receive an award for that.

  • Or for merely stating what I believe to be true, that love is a human experience, not a political statement.

  • However, I acknowledge that, sadly, we live in a world where not everybody feels the same.

  • My family and I will help the good fight continue until that long awaited moment arrives.

  • When our rights are equal, and when the political limits on love have been smashed.

  • This award does not...

  • This award does not in any way represent the pinnacle of my relationship with the LGBT community.

  • Rather, it is a triumphant roar to announce that we are just beginning our fight together.

  • In closing, to paraphrase Ennis Del Mar, who was unforgettably embodied by the late, the great, Heath Ledger,

  • I swear, HRC, I swear.

  • I have not yet done enough to deserve this award, but don't worry, the best is yet to come.

  • Thank you so much, really, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • I love you all. Thank you so much.

  • Kiss each other!

My dear friends.

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