May 15, 2002 12:34 PM

Usually known for cracking wise, comic Margaret Cho, 33, showed her humble side Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., when she and “Six Feet Under” actor Mathew St. Patrick, 34, were both honored as friends of the gay community by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, reports PEOPLE. “I don’t know what you’re doing honoring me, because I should be honoring you,” Cho told the receptive crowd. “You guys do such incredible work — helping erase homophobia, helping to get AIDS awareness out there, helping to level the playing field for everyone. I go to these small towns in the heartland and I talk to gay teens who feel so isolated . . . I tell them about you and they light up. When I tell them, they forget their thoughts of depression. They forget their thoughts of suicide.” St. Patrick, who plays tough gay African-American cop Keith Charles on the hit HBO series (HBO, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), also spoke emotionally, saying, “To be honored by an organization such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force means that we at ‘Six Feet Under’ are definitely on the right path to waking up some people, rattling their cages about what’s going on in life and what’s important . . . And this is the first award I’ve ever received for any work that I’ve been involved in.”

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