GLAAD will honor Beyoncé and JAY-Z with the Vanguard Award for their allyship to the LGBTQ community.
The couple will be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, where media will be honored for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community. The Vanguard Award is presented to allies who have made a difference in promoting the LGBTQ community.
JAY-Z received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award last year for his song “Smile.” In the music video, his mother Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian. The lyrics and video share his mother’s story, who accepted the award.
The rapper has also featured the LGBTQ community in his other work. LGBTQ leader Janet Mock appeared in the music video for “Family Feud,” which opens with a quote from gay writer James Baldwin. He also supported the passage of same-sex marriage, saying it was “the right thing to do as a human being.”
“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. “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 justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”