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Janet Jackson to receive LGBT media award

by PageOneQ

Ten years after receiving LGBT honors for her hit album The Velvet Rope, star musician Janet Jackson will return to receive another award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"We are delighted," said Neil G. Giuliano, president of GLAAD, "to honor Janet Jackson at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles as such a visible, welcoming and inclusive ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"Ms. Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant."

"I have received a number of awards throughout my career but I am so proud to be receiving the Vanguard Award from GLAAD," Jackson said. "Since it's inception in 1985, GLAAD has taken the lead in making sure that people will no longer be judged by their gender identity or sexual orientation. I applaud them for their continued work and thank them for this honor from the bottom of my heart."

Janet Jackson has long been recognized as an LGBT ally. In 1997, in addition to her previous GLAAD award, Jackson was honored by the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum for sexual orientation-related themes in The Velvet Rope. She has also received honors from AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Human Rights Campaign.

Notably, Ms. Jackson appeared in a public service announcement last month, aired by LGBT-oriented television network Logo in conjunction with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The message of the spot, in response to the shooting that claimed the life of openly gay 15-year-old Lawrence King in Oxnard, California, is to combat violence in schools based on gender expression and sexual orientation.

"None of us are safe," said Jackson, "until all of us are safe."

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on April 26. Jackson will be presented with the Vanguard Award by openly gay daytime talk show host and veteran comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.









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Originally published on Wednesday April 2, 2008.


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