Jennifer Lopez Receives the Vanguard Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Posted Sunday April 13, 2014 10:58 AM GMT

Honored for her support of the LGBT community, Jennifer Lopez attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (April 12).

The "American Idol" judge wore a knee-length sparkling blue dress as she accepted her Vanguard award from Rita Moreno.

During her acceptance speech, the 44-year-old star thanked the LGBT community for their support and opened up about her late aunt Marisa, who was gay.

Recognizing her struggles, JLo shared, "Marisa was my cool aunt. She was my mom's older sister and she lived in New York City. I lived in the Bronx and she lived in Manhattan, it was like worlds away! She wanted to be an actress and I always wanted to be like her. Marisa grew up gay in a time when it meant life could be very difficult and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself."

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