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Beyoncé, JAY-Z Will Be Recognized at GLAAD Awards for LGBTQ Advocacy

March 12, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Beyoncé and JAY-Z, who have both used their platforms to support the LGBTQ community, will be recognized later this month at the GLAAD Media Awards.

The pair will receive the Vanguard Award for their LGBTQ allyship during the award show March 28 at Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The awards celebrate fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.

Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas are among the previous Vanguard Award winners.

Beyoncé is receiving recognition for opposing discriminatory laws and celebrating marriage equality, GLAAD said. She included LGBTQ couples in videos for her songs “Formation” and “All Night,” and her clothing line featured transgender actress Laverne Cox.

JAY-Z has similarly highlighted LGBTQ people in his work and previously received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award for his song “Smile.” His mom, Gloria Carter, used the song to come out as a lesbian, GLAAD said.

LGBTQ activist Janet Mock appeared in JAY-Z’s video for “Family Feud,” which also begins with a quote from gay writer James Baldwin.

“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis 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.”

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