2019 GLAAD Media Awards: Jay-z & Beyonce Honored With Vanguard Award
American rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé added another award to their mantle on Thursday Night at 30th annual 2019 GLAAD Media Awards.
Jay went first and shouted out his mother — who came out as a lesbian on his track, “Smile,” and received a Special Recognition Award last year — for allowing him to follow her shining example of love and acceptance.
Beyonce then praised her Uncle Johnny, who she calls “the most fabulous gay I ever knew” and says helped raise her and her sister, Solange.
Bey says her uncle lived his truth and was brave and unapologetic when it wasn’t easy to do so … and witnessing his HIV battle was “one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”
She says she hopes his struggles helped pave the way for young people to live freely, and stresses that LGBTQ rights are human rights.
Bey also praised her man, saying Jay’s helped change stigmas in the hip-hop culture … and she’s proud to be making those strides by his side.