The 2019 Vanguard GLAAD Media Award Goes To


Power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, shared their rainbow love at the 30th Annual GLAAD Awards on Thursday. In fact, the room was filled with gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual and transgender individuals. And for a good reason. They were breathing the same air as media royalty.


Before the power couple accepted their award, they were honored with a performance by Drag Queen, Shangela. She performed a seven-minute tribute to Queen B, and it was incredible. Not to mention, performing a Beyoncé song in front of Beyoncé takes a lot of balls…don’t you think?


Beyoncé and Jay-Z took the stage after the stellar performance. Not there to disappoint, they spoke with love and compassion.

Jay-Z spoke about his mother’s coming out story and his passion to speak proudly about the LGTBQ+ community. Following, Beyoncé shared a story of her uncle who died of HIV complications.


“I want to dedicate this award to my Uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man who help raised me and my sister. He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country was not accepting. His battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences of my life. I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely.”

Jay-Z exclaimed, “LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right. Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right.”


The power the media has to impact change is fierce. There is no one, or couple, more deserving of this award than Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

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