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GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor actor and producer Jim Parsons at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12, 2018. GLAAD previously announced that Britney Spears will receive the Vanguard Award for her support of the LGBTQ community and that Olympian Adam Rippon will also make an appearance.
Parsons will receive GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. The award is named after a legendary casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as people living with HIV.
“Jim Parsons’ talent, humor, and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “Parsons not only proudly tells LGBTQ stories through his roles, but also works behind the camera with his husband Todd to tell LGBTQ stories that raise the bar for Hollywood and inspire acceptance.”
Jim Parsons is a multi-award winning actor and producer who has become a fan favorite for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He is also an executive producer and narrator on the CBS hit Young Sheldon.
Parson will next be seen in A Kid Like Jake opposite Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer. The film is helmed by transgender director Silas Howard and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It will be distributed by IFC films.
Parsons will also appear on Broadway in the revival of the iconic comic drama The Boys in the Band which opens on May 31, 2018. The landmark 1968 play was a theatrical game-changer with its focus on a group of gay men in New York City who gather for a friend’s birthday party.
The new production is produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. Jim Parsons co-stars with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesús and Michael Benjamin Washington in the highly anticipated production.
In 2014, Parsons starred in The Normal Heart, HBO’s original movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer play, written by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy. Parsons portrayed gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Parsons earned an Emmy nomination for his performance, and the film won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie.
In January, GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 16 Spanish-language nominees in four categories.