Jim Parsons is to be honored at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards later this year (18).
The Big Bang Theory star will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak prize the event, which is due to be held in Los Angeles on 12 April.
The honor is given out each year to a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) community who works in the entertainment or media industry, and who strives to eliminate homophobia.
Parsons officially came out as gay in 2012 but has been with his husband, Todd Spiewak, since 2002.
In a statement, GLAAD president and chief executive Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Jim Parsons‘ talent, humor, and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today.
“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.”
Previous recipients of the award include Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Troye Sivan, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Martina Navratilova, and Ian McKellen.
The actor joins Britney Spears in being honored at GLAAD’s 2018 prizegiving at The Beverly Hilton hotel. The Toxic singer will receive the organization’s Vanguard Award, which is given to a star, gay or straight, who has helped promote equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Parsons‘ next project is a Broadway revival of the landmark 1968 play, The Boys in the Band, which follows a group of gay men gathering in New York City for a birthday party.
Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesus and Michael Benjamin Washington also star in the play.