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JAY-Z's mum to receive top gay rights honour

AWARDED: JAY-Z and Gloria Carter

JAY-Z'S MOTHER will receive a major honour at New York's GLAAD Media Awards.

Gloria Carter will be recognised with a Special Recognition Award for her coming-out story, which featured on her son's recent album 4:44.

Carter briefly appeared on the track Smile, on which her son raps: "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don't matter to me if it's a him or her."

She delivered a speech at the end of the track, in which she explained what it was like to be a gay black woman. "You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love," she said. "The world is changing and they say it's time to be free. But you live with the fear of just being me."

The news of the award was announced on Wednesday (Apr 25), and GLAAD's president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: "By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter increased visibility of lesbian women of colour at a critical time and sent a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community.

"Her story and the unconditional love that her family exhibits resonate with so many. The GLAAD Media Awards will be a critical platform to honour her work and further this important message."

The New York awards ceremony will take place on May 5.

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