Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez is to be honored with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles next month (Apr14).
The star will be feted for her commitment to increasing "the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community" through her work as a producer on TV series The Fosters, which revolves around a lesbian couple raising a blended family.
A statement from GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis, reads, "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."
Past Vanguard Award recipients include The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.