'Glee,' 'Modern Family' to be Honored for Contributions to LGBTQ Community

'Glee,' 'Modern Family' to be Honored for Contributions to LGBTQ Community

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:00am

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Each year at its Los Angeles Awards Dinner, the Family Equality Council, a U.S.-based nonprofit advocating for LGBTQ parents and families, recognizes media, companies, and public figures that encourage equality for all families. This year, the organization will honor Fox's Glee and Modern Family for advancing the national conversation around the LGBTQ community.

"These two hit shows brought complex, sympathetic, and realistic LGBTQ characters into living rooms across the nation," the organization said in a press release. "Their stories celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families. The positive exposure these series have brought to LGBTQ parents and their children has been and continues to be a vital part of the movement to spread marriage and family equality."

The event, hosted at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, February 28, will also feature performances by Glee cast members Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Alex Newell, and Becca Tobin, as well as singer Maxine Nightingale. Actors Matt Bomer, Dot Marie Jones, and Amber Riley, all of whom have appeared on Glee, are also scheduled to appear.

The Family Equality Council will also honor Annise Parker, who became the first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, Texas, in 2010, as well as Honey Maid for their #thisiswholesome campaign featuring families who fall outside traditional definitions of the word "family."

Twentieth Century Fox Television, the production studio home to Glee and Modern Family, is a Gold Sponsor of the event, along with Ryan Murphy Television.

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