Sally Field and Barack ObamaToday, President Barack Obama will present actress Sally Field with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.

At HRC’s 16th Annual National Dinner in 2012, HRC honored the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress with the Ally for Equality award for her vocal support for her youngest son, Sam, who is openly gay.

“You all have fought for him as surely as you were one of his parents,” she said in her moving speech at the National Dinner. “You've changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realized somewhere along the way they're just different from their other brothers and sisters.” 

Other honorees today include Stephen King, John Baldessari, Ping Chong, Miriam Colon, Ann Hamilton, Meredith Monk, George Shirley, the University Musical Society and Tobias Wolff. 

“At next week’s event, the President will deliver remarks and present the awards to… Sally Field for her contributions as an actress and filmmaker,” the White House said in a press release. “The dignity, empathy, and fearlessness of her performances have touched audiences around the world, and she has deployed those same qualities off-screen in her advocacy for women, LGBT rights, and public health.”

HRC congratulates Field on this immense honor and thanks her for unwavering support of LGBT equality.

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