Marvel will be presented with a Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th-anniversary gala on Nov. 8. Activists George and Brad Takei and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will also be honored.
"Marvel Entertainment, through its award-winning portrayals of LGBT characters and storylines that parallel the struggle to end discrimination against our community, has helped brighten the lives of LGBT kids — and adults alike — around the world," Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said in s statement.
Earlier this year, Marvel's Young Avengers, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. The publisher has made headlines for its efforts to diversify its superhero line, most recently with the introduction of a Muslim teen as Ms. Marvel, a female Thor, and Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. LGBT characters like Northstar, Hulkling, Wiccan, Karolina Dean and Rictor have also been featured prominently.
Founded in 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center champions and provides care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Its 45th-anniversary gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.