Taylor Swift is to be honoured at the GLAAD Media Awards for “using her unique ability to influence pop culture and promote LGBTQ acceptance”.
GLAAD will present Swift, 30, with the Vanguard Award, dedicated to allies who have made a “significant difference in promoting acceptance” of LGBTQ people. Past recipients include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Patricia Arquette.
“From boldly standing up against anti-LGBTQ elected officials to shining attention on the urgent need to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination through the Equality Act, Taylor Swift proudly uses her unique ability to influence pop culture (and) to promote LGBTQ acceptance,” GLAAD president and chief executive officer Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “In a time of political and cultural division, Taylor creates music that unites and calls on her massive fan following to speak up and call for change.”
“You Need To Calm Down,” her 2019 candy-colored, star-studded song about celebrating Pride, name-dropped the organization honoring her: “Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” she sang. The music video featured a laundry list of major LGBTQ stars, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billy Porter and the cast of “Queer Eye.”
The annual award show will take place in Los Angeles on April 16. Nominees will be announced Wednesday.