Jay-Z and Beyonce have been working on the acceptance of the LGBTQ community and their work has been noticed by GLAAD and they have announced to present both of them the Vanguard Award in the GLAAD Media Awards. Deadline tells, “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.” Earlier bigger stars also have got this award like Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Charlize Theron, Patricia Arquette, Cher.
Sarah Kate Ellis who is the president of GLAAD said, “global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” adding that “the world becomes inspired” when they speak and that their “voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear” by the LGBTQ community. GLAAD honours different branches of the media if they do something outstanding for the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. Around 7000 GLAAD Media voters decided who is going to get the award. The first Award ceremony was having 34 nominees and was a small ceremony but now it has become a huge affair.
“It’s unbelievable to think about the power and the warp speed of this revolution. Twenty years ago when I proudly accepted the first GLAAD Media Award…it was a very small crowd. There are more photographers here tonight than there were people then,” said Phil Donahue. Beyonce and Jay-Z deserve the award more than anything as Beyonce was working for LGBTQ for a long time. Jay-Z will be getting the award for the second time in a row by GLAAD Media Awards. Jay-Z got the Special Recognition Award by GLAAD media last year as he released his album 4:44 which revealed some secrets about his mother. His mother was also a lesbian and hence he wants to support all the LGBT people by his efforts.