Robert De Niro To Be Honored At The GLAAD Media Awards In NYC

In 2014, De Niro shared the story of his gay father in the HBO doc "Remembering the Artist."

Acclaimed actor Robert De Niro will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 14.

Presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance, the award has previously been given to Julianne Moore, Glenn Close and Barbara Walters, among others.

De Niro has long been an ally to the LGBT community and a staunch advocate of marriage equality. In 2014, he shared the story of his gay father in the HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr., which recounted the elder De Niro’s struggle with self-acceptance.

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This week marks the arrival of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which De Niro co-founded and which brings diverse LGBT representations to the screen. (See what’s queer at the festival this year click here.)

GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis called De Niro “a tireless advocate who has helped bring to the world LGBT storylines that spark dialogue, build support, and encourage understanding.”

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Actor Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese attend AFI's 41st Life Achievement Award Tribute to Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 23647_005_MD_0861.JPG  (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
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Earlier this month, Ruby Rose and Demi Lovato were honored at the L.A. edition of the GLAAD Media Awards.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.