Janet Jackson's gay honour

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2008

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson was honoured for her work in the gay community last night (27.04.08).

The 'Feedback' singer was presented with the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards in Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre by openly homosexual US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Upon receiving her award, Janet said: "I love it. I never expected it in a million years so when I heard they wanted to honour me, I was really taken aback. It's just for the work that I've done with AIDS and acknowledging the gay and lesbian community through my music and so on. I'm just very appreciative."

Janet has always been vocal about gay rights, and even wrote her number one single 'Together Again' as a tribute to a close friend who died from AIDS.

She added: "Even when I was younger, when I was growing up, my mother was very religious but there were a lot of kids who were dancers that she brought into the home and now that I think about it, they were gay.

"They all called her 'Mother' and she treated every one of them like they were her children. And that's where it kind of started, I suppose. I've been around the community all my life."

Other recipients of accolades included TV shows 'Ugly Betty' for Outstanding Comedy Series and 'Brothers and Sisters' for Outstanding Drama Series.

Musician Rufus Wainwright was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by Sharon Stone, for being an openly homosexual professional who has helped promote equal rights for gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals.

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

19th Annual GLAAD Awards - full list of recipients:

Vanguard Award - Janet Jackson

Stephen F. Kolzak Award - Rufus Wainwright

Pioneer Award - Herb Ritts

Outstanding Drama Series - 'Brothers and Sisters'

Outstanding Comedy Series - 'Ugly Betty'

Outstanding Reality Programme - 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List'

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