Jennifer Lopez will be honored in Los Angeles at this year's GLAAD Media Awards , given out annually by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. J-Lo will receive the organization's Vanguard Award, which is presented to artists and media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the gay community through their work.
Specifically, Jennifer is being recognized for being one of the executive producers of The Fosters , the ABC Family series about a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted and foster kids. J-Lo's inspiration for the series came from her aunt, who was unable to have her own family due to prejudice because of her sexual orientation. The entertainer is also being recognized for her support of gay marriage.
"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," said Kate Ellis, the CEO and president of GLAAD in a statement. ""Family is about love, and that's a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters ."
The awards will be handed out April 12 in Beverly Hills. Past recipients include Drew Barrymore , Whoopi Goldberg , Janet Jackson , Sharon Stone and Josh Hutcherson .
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