Former Star Trek icon George Takei is to be honoured with the Vito Russo Award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York next month (May14).

The accolade is bestowed on an "openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality".

Previous Vito Russo honourees include Ricky Martin, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Sir Elton John, k.d. lang and Tom Ford.

Kylie Minogue will perform at the gala, which will take place at the Waldorf Astoria New York on 3 May (14).