Jennifer Lopez to be honored at GLAAD Awards

Jennifer Lopez arrives at the premiere of Fox's "American Idol Xlll" on Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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Jennifer Lopez will soon have another trophy to place on the mantle.

The "American Idol" judge is set to receive the vanguard award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, the gay rights advocacy group announced Monday.

Previous recipients of the honor have included Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.

The 44-year-old "On the Floor" singer is being given the award for her support of marriage equality.

"When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love," Lopez told GLAAD. "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."

Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family's "The Fosters," about a lesbian couple raising children together. The series was partially inspired by Lopez's late aunt, who faced prejudice because of her sexual orientation.

"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.'"

The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held April 12 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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