Jennifer Lopez gave a touching speech while being honored at GLAAD's 25th media awards ceremony on Saturday. The 44-year-old singer/actress was given the Vanguard award for producing ABC's The Fosters, which the organization deemed a groundbreaking series.
The show focuses on a multiracial lesbian couple, portrayed by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, raising biological, adopted and foster children. The show was named the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's outstanding comedy series of the year.
During her acceptance speech, Lopez admitted that at first she was hesitant about becoming a producer on such a controversial show, but agreed to do it for two reasons.
"I've always felt a tremendous love for the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love. That was one of the reasons I wanted to produce this," she said before speaking about her aunt who "grew up gay in a time when it meant life could be very difficult."
"It wasn't until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate the difficulties she dealt with and the struggles of her community," she added. "So I wanted to do this because I felt like she would be so proud of me."
The American Idol judge also expressed her reason for supporting the LGBT community stating that "love is love and that's why I have always stood up for marriage equality and family equality and always will."
The Vanguard award is presented to individuals who bring positive attention to the LGBT community with the work that they do. Before Lopez, famous faces including Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone and Janet Jackson received the honor.