GLAAD will honor Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, at its upcoming gala in San Francisco, the group announced on Tuesday.

At the September 8 event, Benioff will be presented with GLAAD's Ric Weiland Award, which honors an innovator in tech and new media and is named after philanthropist and software pioneer Ric Weiland. One of the first five employees at Microsoft, Weiland took his own life in 2006.

Benioff has been a leading voice in the corporate world against state laws that target the LGBT community, speaking out against bills and laws in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Indiana.

“All I want is to live in a great nation, which I do,” Benioff said of his activism during an interview on CNN. “And I want, as part of that nation, to have equality for all and that's especially important for our customers and employees.”

“Marc Benioff is an innovator not just in technology and business, but also in his advocacy to advance acceptance for the LGBT community,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “He is at the forefront of the corporate movement to stop discriminatory anti-LGBT bills across the country and his commitment to fairness and equality is steadfast.”

Recode executive editor Kara Swisher will present Benioff with the award. Hosting the event will by Aisha Tyler.