In a statement, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “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.”
GLAAD announced that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California for its 30th annual awards ceremony. The highly-respected recognition was previously given to other notable stars such as Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and others.
GLAAD said that Beyoncé is being recognized for speaking out on marriage equality nationwide, as well as including members of the LBGTQ community in her music videos, and for dedicating one of her performances to the victims and survivors of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Jay-Z is receiving the honor due to his his inclusion of LGBTQ artists in his work and his support of marriage equality as well.