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Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox honored with GLAAD Media Awards

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Out actress Ellen Page took the stage at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to advocate, actress, writer, and producer Laverne Cox.

Jennifer Lopez was honored with GLAAD's Vanguard Award Saturday at the 25th  Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. GLAAD

Jennifer Lopez was honored with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award Saturday at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.

The pop star and “American Idol” judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series “The Fosters,” which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. “The Fosters” also won the award for outstanding drama series.

Rita Moreno presented the Vanguard Award to Lopez:

Other winners at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony included NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” for daily drama, Fuse’s “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” for reality program, Tegan and Sara for music artist and “Young Avengers” for comic book. “Bridegroom” and “Call Me Kuchu” tied for the outstanding documentary trophy.

“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox was presented wit h the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community.

The award to cox was presented by Ellen Page, who crediited Cox as one of the people who inspired her as she decided to come out as a lesbian:

Previous recipients include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen.

Norman Lear, the veteran producer of such sitcoms as “All in the Family” and “Maude,” was honored with the Pioneer Award.

The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation in media of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Other winners will be presented at a New York ceremony on May 3.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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