Singing and acting superstar Jennifer Lopez is to record a top gay honor from GLAAD.
The Vanguard award is presented to artists who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBTI community.
Past recipients include Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Antonio Banderes and Drew Barrymore.
It is being awarded to Lopez as she is one of the executive producers of ABC Family’s The Fosters.
About a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted and foster children, the inspiration for Lopez producing the series came from her late gay aunt.
‘She passed away a couple of years ago from cancer. I watched her, she was my favorite aunt who lived in New York City and I wished I had her life,’ Lopez said recently on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.
‘I thought about her and she had passed away already, and I thought this would be a great thing for me to do in her memory. She did have a tough time growing up and being gay.
‘I felt like she would be so proud of me if I did this.’
Lopez can also be currently seen as a judge on American Idol, which, for the first time, features an openly gay contestant MK Nobilette.
‘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 & President Sarah Kate Ellis.
‘Family is about love, and that's a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters.’
Lopez will receive the award on 12 April at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Watch Jennifer Lopez talk about the inspiration for The Fosters below: