Page publicly came out at a February 2014 HRC event, where she announced, “I’m here today because I am gay.” “And because … maybe I can make a difference,” she said. “To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
She went on to make a powerful speech that went viral, and is now starring in a gay-rights drama alongside Julianne Moore titled Freeheld that arrives in theaters Oct. 2. “Tremendous love stories between women have been made, of course. Some of them are my favorite movies,” Page told EW in June. “But to have a love story that brings up the civil rights issue, in relation to women — that we haven’t seen enough in the forefront.”
Allison Janney, who’s starring with Page in the upcoming Tallulah, is set to present Page with the award at the dinner. “Ellen Page has been an inspiration for LGBT youth around the world,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “Her willingness to speak her truth for all to hear, and to confront injustice against LGBT people, has made her a role model and there is no one more deserving of HRC’s National Vanguard Award.”
Biden is also what Griffith calls “a true champion of LGBT equality.” “From his historic announcement in support of marriage equality to his ongoing commitment to achieving full federal equality for all LGBT Americans, the Vice President has proven time and again that he’s a stalwart ally to our community,” Griffith said in the statement, “and we’re honored he’ll be joining us to deliver the keynote address at the HRC National Dinner.”
Jason Collins and Blossom Brown are also set to speak, and Carly Rae Jepsen will perform at the event, which takes place Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C.