GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has announced that it will honor the undisputed Princess of Pop, Britney Spears.
Britney Spears, a longtime ally and supporter of the LGBTQ community, will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to “media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people” at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize LGBTQ-inclusive content, in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, who recently ended her wildly successful Las Vegas residency “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, was among 140 leading entertainers, including Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande, to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated.
The 36-year-old anti-bullying activist wrote a heartfelt letter, in 2014, to a once suicidal young gay fan who credited her music and lyrics with giving him the courage to come out and persevere through life. Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, the mother-of-two penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community on Billboard Pride in which she shared that the community’s unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her.
“I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people,” she wrote.
“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.
Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.
Last month, actors Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) announced the nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards during the Sundance Film Festival. Nominees across entertainment and news media included This Is Us, one of TV’s most popular drama series, and Oscars hopefuls Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, and The Shape of Water.
The GLAAD Media Awards will be held on April 12 in Los Angeles.