Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be recognized for their repeating support to the LGBT community by receiving the Vanguard award, as both have done for the LGBTQ representation and visibility.
Beyoncé has always supported equal marriage. She also regularly hired LGBT people to appear in her music video, like “All Night” and “Formation.” She also organized a concert in homage to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
JAY-Z will also be honored for his support of marriage equality and for his collaboration with many LGBT individuals. Last year, already, he had received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song “Smile” and the music video starring her mother Gloria Carter - song she had used to come out as a lesbian.
“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”
Beyoncé and JAY-Z will be honored as LGBT allies at the 30th edition of the GLAAD Media Awards which will take place on March 28 in Los Angeles.
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