Jennifer Lopez Among 2014 GLAAD HonoreesBy: Kimberly Ripley - April 13, 2014
Jennifer Lopez was honored at the 2014 GLAAD Awards this weekend at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 25th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards was dubbed ‘GLAAD 2.0′ by CEO Kate Ellis.
“It’s a whole new world for us,” she said.
Ellen Page made her first public remarks since coming out while she presented the Stephen F. Kolzak award to Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black.
“One of the best things about it was the way it enabled me to publicly show support for the people who inspire me and give me courage,” Page said.
Cox, who also received a GLAAD Media Award back in 2009 for starring in VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy, shared what she has in common with Lopez, who previously was in a relationship with Diddy.
“I’d like to think about after doing that show that Jennifer Lopez and I both have some memories with Diddy that we’re trying to forget,” she said.
Host Ross Matthews expressed his admiration for Jennifer Lopez, saying, “Honey, I’m gay but there’s always room for J. Lo,” said Matthews. “I love you Mami.”
Rita Moreno presented the Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez, and remarked about Lopez’s acceptance of the first openly gay contestant on American Idol.
“It’s ironic that Jennifer Lopez has been so successful as a judge on American Idol because the woman in real life does not judge,” Moreno said.
Lopez admitted she experienced a bit of trepidation about working on The Fosters, which focuses on a lesbian couple raising their two twins as well as some foster children.
“I asked myself, do I do this or do I not do this,” said Lopez. “I’m not going to lie to you. Being in the media, being in the public eye is a bitch sometimes and sometimes you don’t feel like getting beat up that day.”
Jennifer Lopez serves as executive director of The Fosters, which is set to air for its second season on the ABC Family network starting in June.
Kudos to J. Lo for receiving the GLAAD honor, but even more importantly for being the kind of loving and accepting person that she so clearly is. The world could use more people like her.
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