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.
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.”
Earlier this month, Ruby Rose and Demi Lovato were honored at the L.A. edition of the GLAAD Media Awards.