On March 28th in Los Angeles, Jay-Z and Beyonce will be receiving the Vanguard award at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards ceremony. At last year’s ceremony, Jay-Z was recognized for his song Smile, which honored his mother, Gloria Carter. At that time, Carter came out as lesbian. GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Ellis spoke of the power couple, “Beyonce and Jay-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people. When Beyoncé and Jay-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.” The Vanguard award recognizes people for making a “significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.” Past entertainers who have been honored with this award include Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Demi Lovato.