Jennifer Beals, known for her role as Bette Porter in Showtime’s The LWord, has always been a straight ally to the LGBT community. So much so, that she recently showed her love by agreeing to auction off a custom made dress, and a handwritten acceptance speech to benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), as well as her upcoming indie production Cinemanovel, according to HRC.
Beal’s wore the dress to an HRC event in October, where she accepted the org’s Ally for Equality award in recognition of her outstanding support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In addition to her work with the HRC, Beals also served as the Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 2006 San Francisco Pride Parade and contributes frequently to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Cinemanovel is the story of a young woman who is in charge of planning a memorial service for her estranged, but well respected, film director father. The film is the second collaboration between Beals and co-star Lauren Lee Smith. The duo first appeared on The L Word, Smith playing the role of Lara Perkins, the girlfriend of Porter’s friend Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels). The movie is currently in post production with no release date announced at this time.
Check out a vid of her acceptance speech below.