Celebrated journalist Ronan Farrow has seen his work have a major impact over the last six months. The reporter wrote a widely read investigative article for The New Yorker in October detailing the multiple sexual assault allegations leveled against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
On Monday night (Apr. 9) that work was rewarded when Farrow accepted the Point Courage Award at the Point Foundation gala at The Plaza in New York. The award, which recognizes continued advocacy for the LGBTQ community, was given to Farrow for his reporting on the Weinstein scandal as well as his continued in-depth reporting on transgender issues.
During his speech, Farrow took the time to quell long-standing rumors about his sexuality and to thank his community for their continued support. “Being a part of the LGBT community — which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible — that has been an incredible source of strength for me,” he said.
This speech was Farrow’s first public acknowledgement of his sexuality. Rumors began circulating after a 2013 VICE article claimed that the journalist was gay based on first-hand accounts from friends.
“LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there,” he said after the award was presented to him by former Point honoree Thomas Roberts of MSNBC.
Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow and her former longtime partner, acclaimed director Woody Allen, and he has been a fierce defender of his older sister, Dylan Farrow, who claimed that Allen sexually abused her as a child; Allen has denied those claims. Monday night’s event also honored actress/singer Laura Benanti with a Point Impact Award, for individuals who make a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ and allied community; Empire star Jussie Smollett performed at the gathering.
The annual Point Honors raise money for Point’s higher education scholarships, mentoring and leadership programs.