Jim Parsons to receive Stephen F. Kolzak Award at 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Jim Parsons. Photo provided.

GLAAD will be honoring Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. Previous recipients include Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, Ruby Rose, Troye Sivan, Chaz Bono and Sir Ian McKellen.

Jim Parsons is a four-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner who has become a fan favorite for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Parsons will next appear on Broadway in the revival of the iconic comic drama The Boys in the Band which opens on May 31, 2018. The landmark 1968 play was a theatrical game-changer with its focus on a group of gay men in New York City who gather for a friend's birthday party. The new production is produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. Jim Parsons co-stars with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesús, and, Michael Benjamin Washington in the highly anticipated production. In 2014, Parsons starred in The Normal Heart, HBO's original movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer play, written by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy. Parsons portrayed gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Parsons earned an Emmy nomination for his performance, and the film won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie.

"Jim Parsons' talent, humor, and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. "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."

The awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The Gayly. March 8, 2018. 1:15 p.m. CST.