GLAAD will be awarding pop icon and LGBTQ advocate Madonna with the Advocate for Change Award at its upcoming 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Over the course of Madonna‘s illustrious career, the Pop queen has long been a loud, proud, and potent supporter of the LGBTQ community.
The multi-award-winning singer has been supporting the LGBT+ community since she first appeared on the scene and has performed at Aids benefit concerts and spoke out and called for action during the Aids epidemic when it was “often invisible in the media”.
She is also an outspoken advocate for the LGBT+ community in Romani, Malawi and Russia as well as other countries where LGBT+ people are persecuted.
Now, at the 2019 GLAAD Awards – which will be held in New York on May 4 – the singer will receive the coveted Advocate for Change Award which has only been bestowed on one other person, the former president Bill Clinton back in 2013.
Through her entire career @Madonna has used her global platform to stand for LGBTQ equality and acceptance. We’re proud to announce that she’ll receive the Advocate for Change Award at the #GLAADawards in NYC. pic.twitter.com/xuuUTicBnQ
— GLAAD (@glaad) February 5, 2019
“Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally and it is only fitting to honor and celebrate our biggest advocate at GLAAD’s biggest event ever,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
The pop queen defied the Russian authorities in 2012 when she performed in St Petersburg, a city which had just passed a ban on the “promotion of homosexuality” to minor, and distributed pink bracelets to concert attendees to symbolise solidarity with the LGBT+ community.
During the show, she demanded “respect, tolerance and love” for the LGBT community and said: “We want to fight for the right to be free.”
Madonna faced charges for violating the ban, but these were later dropped.
“She fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted. Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds,” Ellis said.
Source – pinknews.co.uk, attitude.co.uk, thegavoice.com