Robert De Niro is beloved in Hollywood and his home in Manhattan, and he’s about to receive another honor, this time not for his acting abilities, but his love of all people, and fight for fairness for all. The two-time Oscar winner will be recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards in May.
Mr. De Niro will receive the group’s Excellence in Media Award, which recognizes media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. The actor will be honored at the 27th annual ceremony, set to take place May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
Among his many contributions to the LGBT community, De Niro most recently appeared in the 2014 HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr., in which he opened up about his gay father’s struggle with self-acceptance and his inability to live an open life until his later years. Other notable works include his 1999 film Flawless, about a man’s friendship with a transgender woman, and 2007’s Stardust, in which De Niro played an openly gay character.
“Through his work honoring the memory of his openly gay father, Robert De Niro has not only sent a message of acceptance to LGBT people, but also educated audiences of the harms of anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “He is a tireless advocate who has helped bring to the world LGBT storylines that spark dialogue, build support and encourage understanding.”
Additional guests and honorees for the New York ceremony will be announced at a later date.