Roland Emmerich will be presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actor Channing Tatum at the upcoming GLAAD Awards on May 9.
Emmerich will receive GLAAD‘s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Laverne Cox, Bill Condon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Roland Emmerich is known for the blockbusters 2012, Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, The Patriot, and White House Down – which starred Tatum. He has recently completed filming Stonewall, a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
In addition to his work in film and television, Emmerich has significantly contributed to several non-profit organizations, including but not limited to, Outfest’s Legacy Project; The Los Angeles LGBT Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe. His generosity has touched the lives of countless LGBT people, bringing shelter to homeless youth and preserving culture-changing stories that help close the gap to full acceptance,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Now, with the upcoming release of Stonewall, millions of moviegoers all across the world will see the harms of anti-LGBT discrimination and learn about the historic riots that forever changed equality in America.”
The New York GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
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