Beyonce And JAY-Z Honored At The GLAAD Awards
Beyoncé and JAY-Z accepted the GLAAD Vanguard Award on Thursday night (March 28th) for the support they’ve given to the LGBTQ community. According to Billboard, The Carters were introduced by Morris Singletary, Janet Mock, Ty Hunter and Lena Waithe. Both Bey and JAY took the mic to deliver speeches. JAY kicked things off by paying tribute to his mother, Gloria Carter, who came out as a lesbian. He said, "I want to honor my mother, who received the award last year. I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance and her beautiful speech at the end of the song ‘Smile’ and for her allowing me to tell her story."
Bey also told the audience at the Beverly Hilton, "We were not expecting any of those incredible presenters and just super honored and overwhelmed. I have already cried. I put a run in my stocking."
She continued, "Whether it’s our fans, or our family, the LGBTQI community has always supported us and lifted us up. We’re here to promote love for every human being, and change starts with supporting the people closest to you. So let’s tell them they are loved, let’s remind them they are beautiful, let’s speak out and protect them, and parents—let’s love our kids in our truest form."
Beyoncé went on to encourage more acceptance, saying, "We would like to request that we continue to shift the stigma in this community, especially the stigmas in black families, towards accepting queer black and brown family members."
She later dedicated her award to her late Uncle Johnny, whom she described as "the most fabulous gay man I have ever met." Bey said of her uncle, who died from complications related to HIV, "I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister. He lived his truth, he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn't as accepting. And witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most panful experiences I’ve ever lived. I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely."
Bey then said, "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!"
She ended thanking her husband for the work he has done in the hip-hop community, saying, "I just want to say to you, JAY, that I am so proud of you for making incredible strides towards changing stigmas in the hip-hop community. It’s a privilege to watch you take those steps and to stand right next to you. I love you and we’re super grateful and honored."