Channing Tatum, who starred in Emmerich’s “White House Down,” will present the award to the director at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 21 at the Beverly Hilton.
Emmerich recently completed filming “Stonewall,” a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and a turning point in the struggle for LGBT equality. He’s also contributed to several non-profit organizations, including Outfest’s Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving LGBT film history; the Los Angeles LGBT Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “His generosity has touched the lives of countless LGBT people, bringing shelter to homeless youth and preserving culture-changing stories that help close the gap to full acceptance. Now, with the upcoming release of ‘Stonewall,’ millions of moviegoers all across the world will see the harms of anti-LGBT discrimination and learn about the historic riots that forever changed equality in America.”
Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen.