LGBT media advocacy group GLAAD on Tuesday announced that it will honor director Roland Emmerich at next month's GLAAD Media Awards.

Emmerich will receive the group's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality, at its 26th annual event in Los Angeles.

The 59-year-old German director's films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. He is best known for such blockbuster films as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. His upcoming film Stonewall stars Jeremy Irvine as a young man who is politically awakened by the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969.

“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Actor Channing Tatum (White House Down, Magic Mike XXL) will present the award to Emmerich, GLAAD said.