Last night, the GLAAD Awards presented the Vanguard Award to Beyonce and Jay-Z.
GLAAD is an American organization, founded by media professionals that identify as part of the LGBTQ community. And for the past 30 years, the organization has held the GLAAD Media Awards, which aims to celebrate the unwavering efforts of those doing their part to shine positive lights, spread insightful news, and make strong investments into the LGBTQ community. This year, they recognized the Carters as their long-time supporters. With the Vanguard Award in their hands, the couple made moving speeches.
Thinking back on life, they each chose a specific person to dedicate their awards too– a person who had immense influence over them. Jay-Z chose his mother, who, last year, appeared on his song “Smile.” In return, Beyonce dedicated her award to her uncle, “the most fabulous gay man” that she had ever known. She also cracked a smile on the audience’s faces as she encouraged people to be who they are and to love and cherish who they want to.
“LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right.”
“Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right”
At the end of their speeches, the room burst with loud applause from attendees. The night was also filled with memorable performances. To help celebrate the couple was RuPaul’s Drag Race all-star Shangela, Lena Waithe, Ty Hunter, and Morris Singletary.
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