How Dustin Lance Black And Uzo Aduba Are Helping Find The LGBT Leaders Of The Future

Two of Hollywood's brightest are doing it for the kids.

Two of Hollywood’s brightest stars are being honored for their work as advocates for the LGBT community: Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will be given awards at the Point Honors Gala on April 3.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Actress Uzo Aduba, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for 'Orange Is the New Black', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Aduba, who has challenged perceptions both with her Emmy-winning role on OITNB and by speaking out against homophobia in Nigeria, will receive the Point Courage Award, recognizing those who advocate for the future of the LGBT community.

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Black, whose groundbreaking miniseries When We Rise just aired on ABC, will receive the Point Leadership Award, which honors individuals who achieve prominence in their field and unequivocally support the community.

“At times, when the world seems confusing and uncertain—something LGBTQ young people are all too familiar with—individuals possessing great artistry and talent can help show us the way forward,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Point’s scholarship recipients are inspired by Uzo and Dustin, and we are thrilled to honor them.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Emma Willmann attends OK! Magazine's Spring 2016 NYFW Party at HAUS Nightclub on September 15, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Out comedian Emma Willmann is hosting the event, which includes performers and presenters like Hamilton’s Javier Munoz, Spring Awakening stars Gideon Glick and Matt Doyle, Emily Skeggs (Fun Home, When We Rise) and Emmy winner Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story).

Since 2001, the Point Foundation has empowered promising LGBT students with scholarships, mentorships, leadership development and community service training.

The Point Honors Gala takes place April 3 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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