Longtime LGBT activist Whoopi Goldberg will receive the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award on February 2 in New York City.

Goldberg, co-host of The View, has put her neck out for LGBT people for years. She spoke at 1987’s March on Washington for gay rights.

“Mr. Reagan, did you explain…that sometimes ignorant people act in such a way [toward people with AIDS] that it is frightening,” she said at the event. “How long is it going to take before people get smart…educated people? We’re not talking about illiterate people. We’re talking about senators and congressmen and the fucking president.”

Goldberg frequently defends LGBT rights on The View, noted HRC president Chad Griffin.

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