Joining a list of who’s who in Hollywood, Kerry Washington is the latest A-lister to be honored by GLAAD for her support of LGBT people.
The 38-year-old actress will be presented with the Vanguard Award, which goes to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality, at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Mar. 21, 2015.
Washington follows Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore, and others who have been honored with the same distinction in the past.
In addition to her role as Olivia Pope on Shonda Rhimes’ LGBT-inclusive hit series, Scandal, Washington is being recognized for her work with anti-bullying campaigns and speaking out against repression in Russia and Africa.
“[Washington’s] outspoken support for equality, both here at home and abroad, has sent messages of hope and empowerment to fans all over the world, fostering dialogue that builds understanding and helps move hearts and minds,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.
At the same ceremony, Channing Tatum will present director Roland Emmerich with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which goes to openly gay media professionals who have made strides for equality. Emmerich recently completed filming Stonewall, an upcoming drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.
The GLAAD Media Awards will also hand out trophies to 31 winners in film, TV, and news media categories during three ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. (Check out the nominees