Jennifer Beals has expanded on Mitt Romney's infamous “binders full of women” comment to include the LGBT community.

The 48-year-old Beals on Saturday received the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Ally for Equality Award at the group's annual Chicago auction and dinner gala, titled Make Equality Count.

Alex Newell, who plays transgender teen Wade “Unique” Adams on the fox musical-comedy Glee, kicked off the event with a performance.

Beals, a Chicago native, was introduced by Kathy Guzman, senior editor of Chicago gay site The L Stop.

“Homophobia,” Beals told the crowd, “is a form of misogyny.”

“And I for one will be damned if someone thinks it is somehow elevating to be confined to a binder,” she said to a round of enthusiastic applause.

Beals has appeared in more than 50 films but gay fans perhaps relate best to her groundbreaking role in the Showtime lesbian drama The L Word.

“The L is not separate from the G or the B or the T,” she said, a reference to the hit show. “I want to thank you all for being my teachers. I want to thank you all for being my ally.”

“I long for the day when the ally award will be obsolete because we will be allies together,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)