State Senator Roy Ashburn – the recently out California GOP lawmaker with a long anti-gay record – has been awarded a “Pink Brick.”

The annual award is given out by the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Committee. It's given to the person or institution “whose actions are deemed to have caused significant harm to the LGBT community.”

The 56-year-old Republican's sexuality came under close scrutiny after details of a March 3 drunk-driving arrest were made public, including the fact that he was traveling with a male companion after leaving a popular Sacramento gay bar.

After evading the press for five days, the conservative lawmaker and father of four told talk show host Inga Banks: “I am gay.” Social conservatives immediately asked for Ashburn's resignation, while Republicans gave the termed-out Bakersfield lawmaker a pass.

“This is the very first time in Pink Brick Award history that an out gay person is the recipient,” Amy Andre, executive director of SF Pride, said in a statement. “By selecting Sen. Roy Ashburn, the LGBT community is sending a strong message to the world that LGBT people – especially those with the political power and privilege to further LGBT rights – have a responsibility to work toward liberation for all.”

Previous honorees of the award include former Miss California Carrie Prejean, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fox New's Bill O'Reilly.

“We hope this year's Pink Brick recipient … realizes that it's never too late for him – or anyone else – to choose liberation and justice over shame, fear and silence,” the group's president Mikayla Connell said.

Ashburn pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 48 hours in the county lockup.