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Julia Roberts, Danny Moder to Receive GLSEN Humanitarian Award for 'The Normal Heart'; Other Awardees Named

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Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for their remarkable contribution in "The Normal Heart."

Roberts starred in the film while her husband, Moder, acted as the film's director of photography, according to People.

"The Normal Heart" gave life to Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The film is currently up for at least 11 nominations at this year's Emmy's, the same publication noted.

"We are proud to recognize Danny Moder & Julia Roberts, whose inspiring work on HBO's The Normal Heart has brought renewed attention to an important movement - and an on-going crisis - in LGBT and American history," GLSEN said in statement.

Moder and Roberts will receive the GLSEN Humanitarian Award for their contribution to help raise awareness about HIV, on and off-screen. They will be given the remarkable recognition on October 17, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Hollywood Reporter revealed.

Last year, Roberts also organized a "Lunch with Julia Roberts" auction/event aimed at raising funds for GLSEN. At that time, the actress was able to raise $40,000 for the organization, the same publication reported.

"We are proud to announce the honorees for the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles, which has become one of city's premier events thanks to a deep commitment from our partners in the entertainment industry to help GLSEN realize our vision of a world where every child learns to respect and accept all people," Emily Byard, GLSEN executive director said.

Meanwhile, chairman of NBC entertainment Robert Greenblatt will also be presented with GLSEN's Chairman Award.

"Bob Greenblatt is an exemplary role model who has been a huge support to GLSEN for years," Byard said.

Derek Hough, a five-time winner on the dancing reality competition "Dancing with the Stars" and author of "Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion" will receive the GLSEN Inspiration Award, Yahoo noted.

"Hough is a new champion in the fight to end bullying. I think his new book really illuminate the kind of challenges that he has faced and the work he wants to do to make it better for generations following him," Byard said.

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