Jennifer Lopez Accepts GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, Fondly Recalls Lesbian Aunt

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.

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Red Carpet

Lopez with Caspar Smart

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Honoree Laverne Cox

 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

Lupita Nyong’o

 

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Ellen Page

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayeheart

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

Kat Graham

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Naomi Campbell


25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Rita Moreno

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Wilson Cruz

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Teri Polo and Sherri Saum of The Fosters

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Meghan McCain

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Glee‘s Alex Newell

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show

Carmen Carrera

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals

Omar Sharif Jr.