April 14th, 2014
03:27 PM ET
Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family show "The Fosters" has been honored as great entertainment, and as groundbreaking TV.
At GLAAD's 25th media awards ceremony on Saturday, the 44-year-old singer/actress/"American Idol" judge was honored with the Vanguard award in recognition of her support of the LGBT community. Currently, Lopez executive produces the ABC Family drama that revolves around a multiracial lesbian couple who are parents to a brood that includes biological, adopted and foster children.
"If I do anything that makes one child out there feel empowered, feel loved, feel what is possible, then my dream has come true," Lopez said in her acceptance speech. "I thank GLAAD not only for giving me the Vanguard award but for honoring 'The Fosters' as the outstanding drama of the year. We are so proud of this show, because our biggest hope is that it's outstanding because it's doing the same for young people - helping them feel loved, understood, (and) included."
Lopez says that at first she had to consider whether she wanted to produce "The Fosters," knowing that putting her name on it would bring attention - both good and bad.
"I knew that the show would be controversial because of the subject matter, but I decided to listen to my heart and my gut instead of my head," she continued. While her message of empowerment and acceptance was one reason she ultimately decided to take the job, her aunt, who "grew up gay in a time when it meant that life could be very difficult," was a source of inspiration.
"It wasn't until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate the difficulties that (my aunt) dealt with. ... So I wanted to do this because I felt like she would be so proud of me," Lopez said. "I thought about that a lot when I was doing this, and as I do it now I think, 'I bet she loves this.'"
The Vanguard award is given to artists and media professionals whose work brings visibility to the LGBT community. Prior recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone and Janet Jackson.
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