Janet Jackson gets lesbian/gay award

Janet Jackson will be honoured by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) this month.

The Feedback singer is set to be recognised by the organisation for working to combat prejudice against sexuality in the music industry. She will be presented with the Vanguard Award by US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at the organisation’s Media Awards in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre on April 26.

Janet said: “I have received a number of awards throughout my career, but I am so proud to be receiving the Vanguard Award from GLAAD.

“Since its 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 honour from the bottom of my heart.”

Neil G. Giuliano, President of GLAAD, added: “We are delighted to honour 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.”

Previous recipients of the Vanguard Award include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Liza Minnelli and Whoopi Goldberg.