Singer Cyndi Lauper will be honored by the US government for her LGBT advocacy.
The ‘Time After Time’ pop star will be given the prize by US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Washington DC on 9 May.
Lauper co-founded the True Colors fund to bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender homelessness, and inspire straight people to become active participants in the advancement of LGBT equality.
She wrote in a blog for the Huffington Post: 'As a mother, I could never imagine throwing my kid away for any reason, let alone over something like their sexual orientation or gender identity.
'It would be like ripping out a piece of my very own soul.'
In 2010 True Colors launched the We Give A Damn campaign, a web-based education to engage heterosexuals and inform them about the discrimination LGBT people face each day across the world.
The campaign included public service announcements from celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Susan Surandon and Jason Mraz.
Lauper appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009 to raise money for the True Colors fund, spreading awareness and raising $45,000 (£27,661, €33,939).