Kristin Chenoweth has said she’s proud to be ‘a person of faith and also an activist for the LGBTI community’ ahead of receiving an award for queer advocacy from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC).
The Broadway star, who is Christian, will be given the Vanguard Award at the SFGMC’s 41st Season Crescendo Gala on Saturday night (27 April).
Speaking about the Chorus, Kristin said: ‘I feel as if I know them! They commissioned “I Am Harvey Milk” by my composer friend Andrew Lippa and I’ve listened to all their recordings!’
The performer, known for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will also perform at the ceremony (‘but of course…’) at the Fairmont San Francisco.
‘More acceptance, more love’
Asked what stands out for her in her history of advocacy work, Kristin replied: ‘Just that I’m a person of faith and also an activist for the LGBTI community.’ She added she wants ‘to see more acceptance and more love’ for LGBTIs in 2019.
Speaking about openly gay Olympic hero Adam Rippon, who will also be awarded on the night, Kristin said: ‘I haven’t met Adam before, but I’m a huge fan of his dedication to his work and I love his skating and I can’t wait to give him a big hug.’
Kristin, whose TV work includes The West Wing and Pushing Daisies and whose film credits include Rio 2 and The Peanuts Movie, says the award is one of her proudest achievements. ‘Honestly, being recognized in this way will be pretty tough to beat,’ she enthused.
However, reflecting on further career highlights, she named ‘having a theater in my home state that bears my name.
‘Also, getting to do an opera, “I Am Anne Hutchinson”, that Andrew Lippa wrote. Our longstanding relationship and friendship was pretty cool. Anytime I can celebrate him I’m happy because he knows my voice and knows me so well.’