Beyoncé and Jay-Z are awarded the Vanguard Award at the 2019 GLAAD Awards. Beyoncé dedicated the award to her gay uncle.
The power couple received an award for being an ally to the LGBT community at the GLAAD Awards. Both singers got extremely emotional during their acceptance speech.
The rapper, Jay-Z dedicated the award to his mother by saying, “I want to honor my mother who received the award last year. I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love.” Jay-Z’s mother came out recently and shared her story in the singers’ song Smile.
He added, “Thank you, GLAAD, for this amazing honor and having us this evening. Life, this journey, is filled with highs, lows and a lot of learning.”
Furthermore, Beyoncé dedicated the award to her uncle who died due to HIV complications. The Single Ladies singer felt “overwhelmed” and said that “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,” the 37-year-old singer added.
Contributing further that, “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.”
Beyoncé ended her emotional speech by thanking her husband. “I just want to say to you, Jay, that I’m so proud of you for making incredible strides toward changing stigmas in the hip-hop community. It’s a privilege to watch you take those steps and to stand right next to you. I love you and we’re super grateful and honored. Thank y’all.”
The couple has 3 children together.