Watch Beyonce & JAY-Z’s Emotional GLAAD Acceptance Speech

Beyonce and JAY-Z were honored for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

GLAAD, one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organizations, gave the First Lady of Music and JAY the prestigious award at their event in LA on March 28th. 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.

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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.” 

“We’re here to promote love for every human being, and change starts with supporting the people closest to you,” Beyonce began. “So let’s tell them they are loved, let’s remind them they are beautiful, let’s speak out and protect them, and parents — let’s love our kids in our truest form.”

“I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister,” she continued. “He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.”

“Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived. I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights.”



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