Beyoncé, Jay-Z to Receive Award for their Support of LGBT Rights

Written by on March 12, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – RnB and Rap’s powerhouse couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, will be the honorees at this year’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (or popularly known as GLAAD) Awards.

The couple will be receiving the Vanguard Award for their support of the LGBT community and the inspiration they give throughout the world to those members of the LGBT. They have been very vocal about their stance on their support for same sex marriage and have completely been behind queer artists such as Frank Ocean when he revealed he was bisexual through his Tumblr account.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis talked to Variety about why they were honoring the artists. She says that the couple were “global icons and passionate defenders of human rights”.

GLAAD is an organization founded by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual) people in the media in 1985 (34 years ago) by Vito Russo, Jewelle Gomez and Lauren Hinds. It started as a movement against articles in the New York Post sensationalizing their coverages of the AIDS epidemic, which saw a boom in the eighties. In 2013, to gain social significance in the social media world, they shortened their name to GLAAD, and also to support the LGBT community in all its kinds of sexuality.

In 1989 they established the GLAAD Media Awards which were held annually in New York and San Francisco. This year, the 30th event will be at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California on March 28.

Previous winners of the Vanguard Award were Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Lopez and Whoopi Goldberg, to name a few.

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