The superstar pair were honoured during the organisation’s 30th annual awards, which “recognises and honours media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives”.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were presented by GLAAD with the Vanguard Award for “their LGBTQ allyship” during last night’s ceremony (March 29) in LA. Beyoncé subsequently posted an image of the two stars posing with their awards on her Instagram, which you can see below.
Beyoncé said she was “overwhelmed” to receive the award, and urged people to “love and support those closest to you”.
Jay-Z paid tribute to his mother Gloria Carter in his speech. “Life, this journey, is filled with highs, lows and a lot of learning. This is a momentous night, and I also want to honour my mother, who received an award last year.” Watch the duo’s acceptance speech below.
— GLAAD (@glaad) March 29, 2019
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis added in a statement: “Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people. 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.”
Earlier this week, footage of Beyoncé serenading Diana Ross at the latter’s 75th birthday party went viral on social media.