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Outfest Legacy Awards to honor Armistead Maupin, Hilary Swank and Levi Strauss & Co

Outfest announced this week that it will honor legendary author Armistead Maupin on the 20th anniversary of the television adaptation of Tales of the City, Hilary Swank on the 15th anniversary of Boys Don’t Cry and Levi Strauss & Co., a longtime ally in the fight for LGBT equality, at The 10th Annual Legacy Awards.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at performing arts venue Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Maupin will be presented with the Visionary Award for crafting a colorful, indelible saga of LGBT life that began in the mid-1970s and concluded with this year’s The Days of Anna Madrigal, the final installment of his groundbreaking serial, Tales of the City.

The television adaptation sparked outrage in the U.S. Congress when it aired on PBS in 1994.

Swank will receive the Trailblazer Award in recognition of her Oscar-winning performance in Boys Don’t Cry, a film that humanized the struggle for transgender identity and brought significant visibility to the subject.

And finally, the Guardian Award will be presented to Levi Strauss & Co., recognizing the company’s long history of standing up for equality, civil rights and social justice and their leadership in the support of same-sex marriage in California and continued advocacy for the passage of equal rights at the federal level.

Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement: “Armistead Maupin’s diverse, interconnected community of San Francisco bohemians — which shaped our collective fantasy of what LGBT life is and could be – may stand in stark contrast to Hilary Swank’s all-too-real portrayal of a trans man who is murdered in Boys Don’t Cry. But the two have one important thing in common: They are stories that inspire change.’

Schaffer added: ‘For decades now, that change has been underway at Levi Strauss & Co., which has consistently taken a stand for equality by, for instance, granting employees domestic partner benefits long before other major corporations did the same. This is our legacy.’

The Legacy Awards serves as a fundraiser to support the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the largest archive of LGBT moving images in the world, with over 30,000 pieces of material. 

A partnership between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, it is the only program in the world dedicated to saving and preserving LGBT moving images. 

Previous Legacy Award winners include writer-director Lee Daniels, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Adam Shankman, Bruce Cohen, and Paris Barclay.

Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Legacy Project has collected over 30,000 moving picture images for the collection and, so far, restored 18 films.



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