Jennifer Lopez took time away from her American Idol judging duties to accept the Vanguard Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night. The Vanguard Award is presented to a media professional, who – through their work – has made a significant difference in support of LGBT equality, and Lopez was recognized individually for her longtime support for marriage equality as well as for executive producing ABC Family’s The Fosters, which took home this year’s Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
“Tonight, I thank GLAAD not only for giving me the Vanguard Award, but for honoring The Fosters as the Outstanding Drama of the Year. We are so proud of this show, because our biggest hope is that it’s outstanding because it is doing the same for young people – helping them feel loved, understood, included – as Rita did for me, and as GLAAD does today,” said Lopez.
“I have to give it up for my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fans because they be loyal,” Lopez continued. “Finally, I really want to thank GLAAD for all of the important, daring, powerful work that you do, not only in mainstream media, but in Spanish-language media too. You all need to know that GLAAD is spreading the message of love and acceptance in English and en Espanol. El amor es el amor.”
Also at the event, actress Laverne Cox received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award and Bridegroom tied with Call Me Kuchu in the Outstanding Documentary category.
The GLAAD Media Awards in New York will take place on May 3.
Below and on subsequent pages check out photos from the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.
Lopez with Caspar Smart
Honoree Laverne Cox
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayeheart
Teri Polo and Sherri Saum of The Fosters
Glee‘s Alex Newell
Omar Sharif Jr.