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Jennifer Lopez to Receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award

The singer, producer and ”American Idol“ judge will be honored by the gay rights organization in April

Jennifer Lopez will receive the Vanguard Award at the annual GLAAD Media Awards held in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 12.

“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,” said GLAAD CEO and president Sarah Kate Ellis.

Ellis continued: “Family is about love, and that’s a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on ‘The Fosters.'”

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“The Fosters,” which is produced by Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions for ABC Family, portrays a blended family with lesbian parents.

The Vanguard Award honors artists and media professionals whose work has increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Previous recipients include Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.