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JAY-Z and Beyoncé to be honoured with GLAAD Vanguard Award

AWARDED: JAY Z and Beyoncé

JAY-Z AND Beyoncé will be honoured with a prestigious Vanguard Award at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

The power couple will receive the honour for their "fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues" in their work and public statements, at a ceremony in Los Angeles on March 28.

LAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement on GLAAD’s website: "Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people. When Beyoncé 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."

GLAAD - formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - is the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organisation and they will be celebrating their 30th annual award show this year.

Previous recipients of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award include Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Antonio Banderas and Demi Lovato.

PERSONAL

In 2017, JAY-Z’s mother Gloria Carter, opened up about coming out to her family as a lesbian during an appearance on the D’USSE Friday podcast. She said: “I just finally started telling Jay who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live."

She also admitted that her revelation made her son so emotional that he "started actually tearing", adding, "He's like, 'That had to be a horrible life, ma'. I was like, 'My life was never horrible. It was just different'.

Her appearance on the podcast followed the release of JAY-Z’s 4:44 album, which included a track called Smile featuring Gloria as she revealed her sexual orientation to the world.

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