Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be honoured for promoting the acceptance of LGBTQ people at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The power couple has been chosen to receive the Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles ceremony on March 28 in recognition of their LGBTQ allyship.
Previous prominent Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,’ said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
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. 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 honour their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of colour, and marginalised communities everywhere.
Reaching a landmark 30th year in 2019, the GLAAD Media Awards celebrates fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues in the media. At the 2018 ceremony, Jay-Z’s mother Ms Gloria Carter accepted the Special Recognition award for his song and music video Smile because she used it to come out as a lesbian.
Meanwhile, in Beyonce’s music, the superstar featured LGBTQ couples in her video for All Night, gave a cameo to Trans activist Janet Mock in Family Feud and featured prominent black LGBTQ figures Big Freedia and Messy Mya in the Formation video.
Bey and Jay also actively campaigned for marriage equality in the US, saying: If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it.