Jennifer Lopez to Receive GLAAD Vanguard Award

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards next month, the LGBT advocacy organization announced Monday. The singer, producer and "American Idol" judge will be recognized with the Vanguard Award at the ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on April 12.

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The Vanguard Award is presented to artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Besides her strong support of LGBT issues in the media, Lopez is being acknowledged for her work as one of the executive producers of ABC Family's The Fosters, a GLAAD Media Award-nominated drama series about a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted and foster children. Lopez's inspiration for producing The Fosters came from her late aunt, who faced prejudice because of her sexual orientation and was unable to have her own family.

"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 GLAAD CEO  and presidentSarah Kate Ellis. "Family is about love, and that's a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters."

Past Vanguard recipients include Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg,Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone andElizabeth Taylor.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The awards honor "media for outstanding images of the LGBT community."