America’s LGBT+ media organisation announced yesterday that global superstar Madonna will be honoured at the GLAAD awards ceremony in May this year.
The singer will receive the Advocate for Change Award in recognition of her allyship and involvement with the LGBT+ community. Madonna will be the first woman to receive this honour.
The organisation made the announcement on Twitter:
“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 GLAAD awards in NYC.”
GLAAD’s president Kate Ellis released a statement explaining the selection:
“Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally and it is only fitting to honour and celebrate our biggest advocate at GLAAD’s biggest event ever.
“From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, 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.”
Madonna has been an advocate for the global LGBT+ community for several decades.
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
In 2010 the singer released a statement criticising the decision of lawmakers in Malawi to imprison two gay men:
“As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter their gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation. This week, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.”
Madonna was a vocal supporter of marriage equality and in 2010 she shared a message on her website, urging her fans to support the Marriage Equality Act in New York City.
In 2013, Madonna presented the Vito Russo award to Anderson Cooper at the GLAAD Media Awards. She was dressed as a boy scout to protest the United States’ ban on homosexual scouts and scout leaders. In her speech she said:
“Bigotry, homophobia, hate crimes, bullying and any form of discrimination always seem to be a manifestation of fear of the unknown.”
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