Beyonce and Jay-Z are set to be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for their continual support and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
“Beyonce and Jay-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement, announcing the presentation of The Vanguard Award, which is often bestowed upon allies who have made a significant impact in promoting acceptance of the community.
“When Beyonce and Jay-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”
While Beyonce has collaborated with LGBTQ artists like Big Freedia and Frank Ocean and extended opportunities to transgender actress Laverne Cox, Jay-Z’s advocacy stemmed from a personal place after his mother opened up about her sexuality on his “4:44” track, “Smile.”
In fact, last year, the rapper received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award for the song and video, and according to Deadline, also featured transgender rights activist, Janet Mock, in his video, “Family Feud,” which opened with a quote by James Baldwin.
The show is set to kick off in L.A. on the 28th, with a New York City Ceremony in May.