GLAAD Media Awards 🏆: Beyonce, Jay-Z to Be Honored for Being LGBTQ Allies 🏳️‍🌈

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Beyonce and Jay-Z have owned quite a few stages together performing side by side but on March 28, the global superstars will do something far less common when they take over the microphones inside the Beverly Hilton. The global power couple will accept the Vanguard Award together and deliver a speech during the milestone 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards, in Los Angeles.

The LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced the news this morning and in doing so, singled out why Bey and Jay have been selected for the honor which will put them on a list of previous recipients like Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg and Britney Spears.

The organization cited Beyonce's advocacy on gay marriage as well as speaking out against laws that would discriminate against LGBTQ people in states like North Carolina. She cast LGBTQ people and couples in videos for "Formation" and "All Night" and drafted trans star Laverne Cox to appear in promos for her athleisure brand Ivy Park. On her Formation world tour, she dedicated her performance of "Halo" to victims and survivors of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting.

As for Jay, this won't be his first GLAAD honor. The rapper and entertainment mogul received a GLAAD special recognition award last year for his song and music video, “Smile,” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian. GLAAD also singled out Jay for featuring "LGBTQ people in his art including an appearance by LGBTQ leader Janet Mock in the video for "Family Feud," which opens with a quote from iconic gay writer James Baldwin."

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