Anne Hathaway has always been a strong supporter of gay rights, partly because her older brother Michael is gay. She’s spoken out about it before and now she’s putting her money where her mouth is. When she married Adam Shulman in September, she sold photographs of the event, but rather than pocketing the cash, she’s donating it to charities and causes she supports, including marriage equality.
Adam Polaski at Freedom to Marry has released a statement saying, “Hathaway is doing her part to ensure that same-sex couples across the country can enjoy a fairytale wedding like hers; this week, she announced that she’ll be donating some of the sales from her wedding photographs to non-profits advocating for marriage for same-sex couples, including Freedom to Marry.”
Other causes to benefit from Hathaway’s generosity include the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Girl Effect.
Polaski adds that this is the “latest way that Hathaway has taken a stand for the freedom to marry. In 2008, she talked publicly for the first time about her brother, who is gay, and explained that their relationship has compelled her to advocate as an ally to the LGBT community.”
Freedom To Marry also says that when Anne was given a Human Rights Campaign Ally Award in 2008, she was forthright about her support for gay rights, saying “I don’t consider myself just an ally to the LGBT community, I consider myself your family. And so, I’m doing what we should all do with our families — I’m loving you, I support you, I completely accept you as you are, as I hope you do me, and if anyone ever tries to hurt you, I’m going to give them hell.”