Beyoncé & Jay-Z Will Be Honored as LGBTQ Allies at 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

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Global superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been introduced as the latest crop of honorees for this yr’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. The pair will be a part of fellow honoree Sean Hayes because the recipients of the night’s two most prestigious awards.

The duo might be awarded with this yr’s Vanguard Award, traditionally given to LGBTQ allies who’ve “made a major distinction in selling acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.” Past honorees of the award embody Britney Spears, Cher, Demi Lovato and Janet Jackson.

In an announcement launched with the announcement, GLAAD president and ceo Sarah Kate Ellis mentioned that each Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been offering unequivocal help for the neighborhood all through their lengthy careers. “When Beyoncé and JAY-Z communicate, the world turns into impressed and in relation to LGBTQ individuals, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear,” she mentioned. “We couldn’t be prouder to face with them to ship a message of affection in the course of the largest LGBTQ occasion on this planet and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice ahead for LGBTQ individuals, individuals of colour, and marginalized communities all over the place.”

This won’t be Jay-Z’s first award from the group; final yr, the rapper was honored with a GLAAD Special Recognition Award, alongside his mom Gloria Carter, for his tune “Smile,” the place he gave his mom a public platform to come back out to the world as a lesbian. “But life is brief, and it's time to be free,” she mentioned within the tune’s spoken phrase outro. “Love who you’re keen on, as a result of life isn't assured.”

The GLAAD Media Awards will happen on Thursday, March 28th on the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.