Elton John Foundation Honors Hillary Clinton

Former senator recognized for her support of gay rights

Hillary Clinton speaks during the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs 20th Anniversary celebration in Washington, DC. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton's support for gay rights has earned her recognition from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady will receive the foundation's inaugural Founder's Award on October 15th, The Associated Press reports. 

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The award comes following a 2011 speech Clinton gave on International Human Rights Day in which she said that gay rights were human rights and that recognizing them as such would help lead to a world free of HIV and AIDS.

Clinton will be honored at the foundation's benefit in October, along with celebrity chef Sandra Lee, businessman Ronald Perelman and Howard Rose, who is a founding member of the organization. Anderson Cooper will host the gala.