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Jennifer Lopez, ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Laverne Cox Celebrated at GLAAD Media Awards

Jennifer Lopez toplined a night for equality at the 25th anni GLAAD Media Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, as the multi-hyphenate accepted the org’s Vanguard Award.

“If I do anything that makes one child out there feel empowered, then I’ve done my job,” Lopez said during her acceptance speech. “Being in the media, being in the public eye is a bitch sometimes,” Lopez added, “but I decided to listen to my heart that day,” referring to her decision to exec produce the LGBT-themed ABC Family show “The Fosters,” which won the GLAAD award for best drama series.

Rita Moreno presented the award to Lopez, saying, “It’s ironic that Jennifer Lopez has been so successful as a judge on ‘American Idol’ because she doesn’t judge.”

Making her first comments after coming out, Ellen Page presented “Orange Is the New Black’s” transgender actress Laverne Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak kudo. Cox’s mother also surprised her on stage.

“Many of you know that I officially came out on Valentine’s Day, and one of the best things that came from that is to show support for the people who I admire,” Page said.

Host Ross Matthews kicked off the evening admirably and ever-so irreverently: “This is the silver anniversary, or what they call in the LGBT community, the Anderson Cooper.”

Matthews piled on his affection for J.Lo, saying, “Honey, I’m gay, but there’s always room for Jennifer Lopez. I love you, mami!”

Lopez returned the love: “I have to give it up to my LGBT fans, because they be loyal.”

(Pictured: Rita Moreno and Jennifer Lopez at the GLAAD Media Awards)

 

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