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GLAAD to honor Jennifer Lopez with Vanguard Award

 Judge Jennifer Lopez attends FOX's 'American Idol XIII' finalists party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singer, actress and “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez will be this year’s Vanguard Award recipient according to a report E! News on March 24.

Lopez will receive the award at the GLAAD Media Awards next month in Los Angeles, as she will be recognized for her outspoken support in favor of marriage equality as well as her continued “visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” values which make up the definition of the award.

Not only has Lopez voiced her support, she is also the producer “The Fosters”, the ABC Family series about a lesbian couple raising a family consisting of biological, adopted, and foster children. Lopez believes love is love, something she has openly expressed.

“When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love. I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together with all the same benefits and privileges as everyone.”

Her work to bring “The Fosters” to live as well as her vocal support for same-sex marriage and LGBT families has been further highlighting by GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. In a statement Ellis identified Lopez as a “powerful ally” with a powerful message delivered globally.

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

Jennifer Lopez joins a list of past recipients of the award that includes Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Antonio Banderas, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.

The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards will take play on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

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