Among the honorees at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night were director Ava DuVernay, actress Samira Wiley and JAY-Z’s mother Gloria Carter, all whom were given awards for their continued advocacy on behalf the LGBTQ community. One artist who received an award but could not be there to accept it that night was Halsey.
The 23-year-old singer received the award for outstanding music artist. In a video shared by GLAAD on Thursday morning (May 10), Halsey accepted the award and thanked GLAAD for recognizing her power as an out-and-proud bisexual woman. “Thank you for giving me the strength and courage every day to be myself,” the singer says in her video message. “I can only hope that I do the same for you.”
Halsey said that it has taken her a long time to come to terms with her identity as a bisexual woman. “I have spent a large part my life trying to validate myself to my friends, to my family, to myself … So I tried really hard this year to find the courage to write female pronouns into my music,” she said, referring to her hit single “Bad at Love,” which examines the singer’s past relationships with both men and women.
The “Bad at Love” singer also used her opportunity to talk about the growing problem homelessness among LGBTQ youth, citing a statistic that 40 percent homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ. Halsey called on her fans to “go home and check out your local homeless youth services and see if they fer anything targeted towards the LGBTQ youth. See how you can get involved.”
Halsey was in good company this year — her fellow nominees for outstanding music artist included Kesha, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Kehlani, St. Vincent and more.
Watch Halsey’s full video acceptance speech below:
“Thank you for giving me the strength and the courage every day to be myself.” Watch @halsey accept the #GLAADawards for outstanding music artist and her call to action to support LGBTQ homeless youth. pic.twitter.com/GLgQqgw7uD
— GLAAD (@glaad) May 10, 2018