The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced Monday it would honor Mexican actress and singer Lucia Mendez for her work as a gay advocate.

The multi-talented Mendez will receive a GLAAD Media Award for her work to raise visibility of LGBT youth suicide in Spanish-language media.

“Allies like Lucia help raise the visibility of issues that impact our lives and they help grow support for our community,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement. “As more and more people get to know gay and transgender people, they are coming to understand and respect our community.”

Last year, Mendez took part in the multi-city tour Reina de Reinas, an outreach program designed to help educate people on the discrimination gay youth face and its consequences.

“Gay adolescents are killing themselves because their parents can't understand that they're gay,” Mendez told chat show host Cristina. “They're afraid to speak with their parents, they can't say, 'Look, Dad I like boys' or 'I like girls' … I can't imagine how parents can reject their kids. These kids are hanging themselves, punishing themselves for being gay.”

“Often, these kids see no solution but suicide because of anti-gay bullying and name-calling they face in schools and playgrounds,” Barrios said. “We count on media and high-profile allies like Lucia Mendez to help us educate the public about the power of anti-gay slurs and the need for support of LGBT people from family and friends.”

The group said it would honor Mendez at a November 12 event in Mexico City, marking its first honor outside the United States.