Gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has won an award for his services to humanism and gay rights.

The star was presented with the honour on Saturday afternoon by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), which said it was given in recognition of his long record of standing up both for LGBT rights and for wider humanist values.

The presentation took place at a celebratory lunch, attended by almost 100 GALHA members and guests, held at Brown’s Bar and Brasserie in St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London.

Andrew Copson, chair of GALHA, presenting the award, said: “Both as a public figure and in his professional career as an actor, writer, comedian and broadcaster, Stephen has exemplified the best of humanism. His thirst for knowledge backed by intellectual rigour, laced with wit, erudition, moral seriousness, compassion and a willingness to go against the grain if he has to, are all qualities that humanists prize and promote.”

Accepting the award, Fry said: “I’m immensely proud to be given this award from the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association. I accept on behalf of all those who want to stand up and be counted as proud of their sexuality and secularity.”

Previous recipients of the award have included Britain’s first out lesbian MP Angela Eagle, journalist and broadcaster Polly Toynbee, activist and MP Evan Harris, and organiser of the first Moscow Pride Nikolai Alexeyev.