The Beverly Hilton was like a bey hive on Thursday night when the audience waited for Beyonce and Jay-Z to come down from the sky to accept the Vanguard Award at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards. As the couple stepped onto the stage, the room instantly became emotionally charged as they praised the LGBTQ community and shared their own personal experiences.
But before they entered the stage, RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star Shangela, who is also seen in the Academy Awards A Star is Born lit the stage in one of the most electrifying Beyonce tributes. She produced a 7-minute medley of Beyone's biggest hits with a crew of thirst-darting dancers and killed the stage as Beyonce and Jay-Z sucked in every minute of it.
After the smoke cleared off Shangela's performance, HIV activist Morris Singletary, advocate and pose director & author Janet Mock, Beyonce's longtime stylist and friend Ty Hunter, and Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe, who Stage one by one sang – not just their overall size, but also the support of the LGBTQ community and the fringe groups. Waithe called her "the most powerful black couple" and then joked that they may have to fight the Obamas for the title.
During Jay-Z's speech, he praised his mother, who appeared on the groundbreaking track "Smile" as a lesbian. from his album 4:44. "I can follow in their footsteps to spread love and acceptance and to spread their beautiful speech at the end of the song – and for letting me tell their story," he said. Jay-Z received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award for the song and music video last year.
When Beyonce spoke, she shared her husband's feelings, spread love, and said, "Change begins with the support of people close to you." She encouraged people to speak and protect those marginalized and required by parents to love their children in their truest form.
"We want to ask that we continue to postpone the stigmata in this community," she said. "Especially the scars in black families regarding the adoption of gay black and brown men and women around the world."
When she continued, she became emotional when she presented her uncle Johnny, whom she called "the most fabulous gay man," the award. I've always known who raised her and her sister Solange.
"He lived his truth; He was brave and unsightly at a time when this country was unacceptable – experiencing his fight against HIV was one of the most painful experiences I've ever experienced, "she said.
" I hope his struggles "Helping other young people open ways to live more freely," she continued, "LGBTQI rights are human rights, choosing who you love is your human right, how you identify and see yourself is your human right.
She added, "Who you love and put your ass to Red Lobster is your human right," which was filled with loud shouts, roars, and applause from the crowd.
Beyonce then turned to Jay-Z and praised him for making incredible progress in promoting LGBTQ in the hip-hop community, which was homophobic in the past.
"It's a privilege to show you these steps and stand right next to you " , she said.
Look at a section of Beyonce and Jay-Z's speech above.