Jennifer Lopez to Be Honored with GLAAD Vanguard Award
Jennifer Lopez is set to receive the Vanguard award at next month’s GLAAD Media Awards. The LGBTQ advocacy group announced on Monday that Lopez will be recognized for her work in the community at the April 12th ceremony in Beverly Hills.
The award is given to artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Lopez is being honored not only for her vocal support of LGBTQ issues, but for her work as an executive producers on ABC Family’s The Fosters about a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted and foster children. Lopez came on board the show due to inspiration from her late aunt, who was part of the community.
GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in the announcement, “Through her work to bring The Fosters to life and by consistently speaking out as a powerful ally, Jennifer Lopez has not only sent a message of acceptance to LGBT adults and young people, but inspired new support for our community among her many fans around the globe. Family is about love, and that’s a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters.”
Previous honorees include Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.