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HRC national gala dinner to honor Jennifer Lopez

You can’t have a glitzy fundraising awards gala without a big showbiz celebrity or two — and this year, the Human Rights Campaign has drawn Jennifer Lopez as the recipient of its “Ally for Equality” award, the gay-rights group announced Friday. Credentials go beyond looking perpetually fabulous: HRC notes that she has raised money for HIV/AIDS causes, advocated against bullying, and is executive producer of a new ABC Family show, “The Fosters,” that features a two-mom family. The dinner, at the Washington Convention Center, is expected to seat 3,400. Previous recipients of the award include Sally Field and Pink.

Last year: Sally Field, at HRC gala, thanks activists on behalf of gay son: ‘You all have fought for him’ (video), 10/8/12

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