When you think of who has really moved the needle when it comes to LGBTQ rights in America, you better think of those who led the Stonewall Riots, Harvey Milk, and Mr. and Mrs. Carter. Sure, the Stonewall Riots and Harvey may have pushed acceptance and legislation, but without “Drunk In Love,” half the “About Me” sections on Grindr would be devoid of “grainin’ on that wood” euphemisms. It’s either that or the team at GLAAD got themselves some good weed this weekend because they announced they’re giving the Vanguard Award for LGBTQ allyship to Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
In a press release, GLAAD says Bey and Jay will get their award March 28 at the 30thAnnual GLAAD Media Awards. Later in May, Madonna will pick up the Advocate for Change Award. If you’re scratching your head about the Carters getting their award, GLAAD is more than happy to ‘splain their reasoning. Jay’s mom, Gloria Carter, came out last year as a lesbian, and he’s featured her in his song “Smile.” He’s also featured Janet Mock in the “Family Feud” music video, which also started with a quote by James Baldwin. He’s also supported the marriage equality movement. OK, fine, Jay. You’re an ally. However, If you ask me, it sounds like whoever does Bey’s social media should get the honor:
“Beyoncé has spoken out against laws that would discriminate against LGBTQ people in states including North Carolina and celebrated the passage of marriage equality nationwide, saying that “everyone has the right to love who they love.” She has spoken out loudly for LGBTQ youth and told her followers on social media that “LGBTQ students need to know we support them.”
That doesn’t exactly sound like making cold calls on the weekends on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign! OK, cynicism and shade aside, Bey has included LGBT folks in her “Formation”and “All Night” videos AND she cast Laverne Cox as a spokesmodel for Ivy Park, which means she treats the trans community better than she does #poormichelle. OK, fine, I guess she really does place us on a pedestal.