Robert De Niro to be honoured at LGBT media awards

Robert De Niro is to receive a top award for his work in promoting the equality and acceptance of LGBT people.

GLAAD will honour the veteran actor at its Media Awards which will take place in New York City next month.

De Niro is to be given the Excellence in Media Award.

Supporters note that De Niro has spoken out on LGBT issues multiple times, most recently sharing his gay father’s story in a 20134 HOB documentary ‘Remembering the artist: Robert De Niro Sr’.

He also spoke a numerous occasions in favour of same-sex marriage, and has starred in and included a number of LGBT roles in his films.

Back in 2002, De Niro founded the Tribeca film festival, which holds LGBT inclusion within its core values.

He has also starred in LGBT roles, including in ‘Flawless’, produced in 1999 by De Niro. He also starred in the film which told a romantic story between a trans woman and a cisgender man.

The actor also played the character of a gay pirate in Stardust.

Pop star Taylor Swift surprised onlookers at the GLAAD Awards in LA last month.

The ‘Bad Blood’ singer appeared at the event in Beverley Hills, in order to present an award to her friend Ruby Rose.

Lilly Wachowski, co-director of the Matrix trilogymade her first public appearance since coming out as trans, as Sense8 was given the Outstanding Drama Series award.

Other winners at the GLAAD Awards, included Demi Lovato who won the Vanguard award. I Am Cait tied with I am Jazz for the scripted reality section of the awards, and Amazon’s Transparent also took home a gong.

Lovato in her speech said she knows she has a “bigger dick” than Nick Jonas.

Along with her sister, Lana, Lilly forms part of the Wachowski duo that also created Cloud Atlas and the hit Netflix drama, Sense 8.

Lana transitioned in 2000 and made it public in 2012, when she became an advocate for trans awareness and opened up about the difficulties she faced in the process.