Jennifer Lopez accepts the 2014 Vanguard Award from GLAAD
Rita Moreno presented Jennifer Lopez with GLAAD’s 2014 Vanguard Award.
Lopez’s show The Fosters, was also recognized as Outstanding Drama of the Year.
Lopez spoke about her gay aunt during the speech:
“I’ve always felt a tremendous love from the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love…
Marisa was my cool aunt. She was my mom’s older sister and she lived in New York City. I lived in the Bronx and she lived in Manhattan, it was like worlds away! She wanted to be an actress and I always wanted to be like her.
Marisa grew up gay in a time when it meant life could be very difficult and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself. It wasn’t until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate the difficulties she dealt with and the struggles of her community. I also realized the quiet lessons I had learned from my family of tolerance and acceptance.”
The Human Rights Campaign will honor singer-actress Jennifer Lopez with the 2013 Ally for Equality Award next month for her “commitment to better the lives of LGBT people.”
“Jennifer Lopez embodies the spirit of an ally to the LGBT community and we are thrilled to present her the Ally for Equality at our National Dinner in October,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement.
The award is meant for “allies” outside the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans, a press release stated.
“For years, Jennifer Lopez has been vocal about her love for the LGBT community, from her outspoken support for marriage equality, to the millions of dollars she’s raised for HIV/AIDS research and her efforts on behalf of bullying and youth anti-violence causes,” the press release reads.
Miss Lopez currently produces the ABC Family channel’s hit TV series “The Fosters,” about a multiethnic family mix of foster and biological children being raised by two moms.
“Throughout her career, Jennifer Lopez has always stood for fairness, justice and equality, and that’s what being an ally is all about,” Mr. Griffin added.
This year’s HRC dinner is a sold-out event for about 3,400 guests on Oct. 5 at the Washington Convention Center.