Beyonce and JAY-Z will be honored for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.
GLAAD, one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organizations, announced they’ll be giving the First Lady of Music and JAY the prestigious award. It is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears.
Both superstar musicians have remained advocates for people in the community.
When North Carolina enforced laws that would discriminate against gay people, Beyonce said “everyone has the right to love who they love.” She’s also highlighted gay people in many of her songs and music videos. She once revealed “Run The World (Girls)” also includes gay men (she meant well). Bey also teamed up with out singer Frank Ocean on a song titled “Superpower” off her surprise self-titled. After he came out, Beyonce posted a photo of Ocean on her website and wrote the words: “Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave. Be poetic. Be open. Be free. Be yourself. Be in love. Be happy. Be inspiration.”
Last year, JAY-Z previously received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song and music video, “Smile.” It featured his mom, Gloria Carter, who used the song to come out as a lesbian. He also publicly supported the passing of gay marriage, saying it was “the right thing to do as a human being.”
The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards takes place on March 28, 2019 in Los Angeles.