Jim Parsons, the star of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, will join Britney Spears as an honoree at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Parsons will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to professionals within the media industry who promote LGBTQ acceptance and awareness. Previous winners of the prestigious award include Troye Sivan, Laverne Cox, Melissa Etheridge, Sir Ian McKellen and more.
The actor, best known for playing physicist Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, has brought significant visibility to the LGBTQ community through his work. Along with his CBS role, Parsons will star in the upcoming film A Kid Like Jake, in which he will play the father of a young boy exploring his gender identity. He will also appear in a Broadway production of the 1963 play The Boys in the Band, which tells the story of a group of gay men living in New York City.
“Jim Parsons’ talent, humor, and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today,” GLAAD’s President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “Parsons not only proudly tells LGBTQ stories through his roles, but also works behind the camera with his husband Todd to tell LGBTQ stories that raise the bar for Hollywood and inspire acceptance.”
Parsons will join Spears, who is set to receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her work in advocating for awareness of LGBTQ issues. Spears will be joining the ranks of fellow recipients Cher, Janet Jackson and Demi Lovato.
The GLAAD Media Awards will take place April 12 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton.