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Robert De Niro to be honored by GLAAD in NYC next month for sharing story of his gay father

Robert De Niro will be honored by GLAAD in New York City next month for being ‘a longtime supporter of the LGBT community’ and for sharing with the world the story of his gay father.

The two-time Oscar winner movingly recounted his father’s struggled with self-acceptance in the 2014 HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

The elder De Niro, who died in 1993, did not live as an openly gay man until the later years of his life.

In the acclaimed documentary, De Niro admitted that he did not have much interest in his dad’s art exhibits when he was younger. He also never spoke to him about being homosexual.

‘Obviously, I realize now that it was hard for him,’ he said on the film. ‘He had a lot of classic conflicts about all of that. … I’m his son, I’m the last person to know.’

Through his father’s paintings and his extensive journals, De Niro has gotten to intimately know his parent posthumously and shared what he had learned in the film.

‘He died on his 71st birthday of prostate cancer. The reason I kept his (art) studio is for my kids, for them to know what their grandfather did. … I realize now how up it is for children to appreciate the things that their parents did if they want to share them with you. Because I regret certain things with my parents that I didn’t follow through on.

‘I feel it’s my obligation to document what he did – to keep it going.’

The GLAAD Media Awards will take place on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

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