She’s played a lesbian serial killer in Monster and previously refused to marry her boyfriend until same sex marriage was legalised in America, and now actress Charlize Theron has deservingly been given an award for raising issues of the gay community.

Theron, was honoured for increasing “visibility and understanding” of homosexuality, at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards in Los Angeles last weekend.

The ceremony was held in the same venue as the Oscars, she said: “”This is very surreal for me because two years ago, I stood right here and won my Oscar for Monster.

“I feel so fortunate that I am in a relationship with a wonderful man, I find it incredibly unfair that because of our sexual preference, we have the rights that we have, and that, because of someone else’s sexual preference, they don’t have those same rights.”

Awards also went to Felicity Huffman for the transgender movie, Transamerica, for outstanding film in limited release, and hit sitcom Will Grace for best comedy.

The GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The full list of winners were,

Vanguard Award: Charlize Theron (presented by Jillian Armenante)

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Melissa Etheridge (presented by Laura Dern)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Transamerica (The Weinstein Company) [Accepted by: Kevin Zegers and producer Sebastian Dungan]

Outstanding Drama Series: The L Word (Showtime) [Accepted by: Leisha Hailey, Mia Kirshner, and show creator Ilene Chaiken]

Outstanding Comedy Series: Will Grace (NBC) [Accepted by: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, and show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan]

Outstanding Individual Episode: TIE: “Best Friends” Cold Case (CBS) [Accepted by: writer Liz Garcia, director Mark Pellington, and show creator Meredith Stiehm] and “Pilot” My Name is Earl (NBC) [Accepted by: Jaime Pressley]

Outstanding Documentary: TransGeneration (The Sundance Channel/Logo) [Accepted by: Raci Ignacio, Lucas Cheadle, T.J. Jourian, Gabbie Gibson, and producers Jeremy Simmons and Thairin Smothers]