5:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Jim Parsons to Join Britney Spears for GLAAD Media Awards Honor
Actor, producer and activist Jim Parsons has been selected to receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the organization's 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards. Ryan Murphy will present Parsons with the award. The prolific TV creator directed Parsons in HBO's The Normal Heart and the pair are currently working on the Broadway revival of the groundbreaking play Boys In The Band.
The ceremony is scheduled for April 12 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton. The Big Bang Theory star will share the stage with previously announced honoree Britney Spears, who will take home the Vanguard Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. Hot off his Winter Olympics debut and an appearance at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony, figure skater Adam Rippon will also appear at the event.
Other special guests include Halle Berry, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Rachel Bloom, Ben Feldman, Lena Waithe Chloe Grace Moretz and Gigi Gorgeous.
The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo
The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is given "to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance," per GLAAD. 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 those living with HIV. Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Troye Sivan, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Alan Ball, Pedro Zamora, Martina Navratilova, Paris Barclay, Robert Greenblatt and Sir Ian McKellen have taken home the trophy in previous years.
"Jim Parsons’ talent, humor and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “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.”
Parsons will next be seen in IFC's A Kid Like Jake opposite Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer. The film, which debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival, was directed by transgender filmmaker Silas Howard. Parsons produced the film through That’s Wonderful Productions, which he runs with his husband Todd Spiewak. Parsons stars as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running sitcom Big Bang Theory and serves as an executive producer and narrator on the breakout hit Young Sheldon. Parsons will next soon take the stage on Broadway in the revival of the iconic comic drama The Boys in the Band, which opens May 31.
A full list of this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees can be found here.
March 29, 7 a.m. Updated with Murphy and other guests.