The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place on Thursday, and The Carters where there to accept a major honor.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z received the Vanguard Award recognizing their support of the LGBTQ community. The couple not only expressed their gratitude for the accolade, but also took the time to speak about their own personal experiences.
Jay-Z took the moment to appreciate his mother Gloria, who came out as a lesbian on his song “Smile,” and was honored with a Special Recognition award at last year’s ceremonies.
"I get to follow in her footsteps for spreading love and acceptance and her beautiful speech at the end of the song, 'Smile,' and for allowing me to tell her story, so I want everyone to acknowledge that,” he said.
Beyoncé became emotional as she dedicated the award to her uncle Johnny, “the most fabulous gay man” she’s ever known, who she said helped raise her and her sister Solange. “He lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.”
Beyoncé almost teared up as she discussed Johnny’s battle with HIV and how it affected her. "I am hoping that his struggles serve to open pathways for other young people to live more freely,” she added.
Not only did Beyoncé acknowledge her uncle through her powerful words, but she also praised her husband for his “strides for changing stigmas in the hip-hop community,” noting how proud she is of him.
The superstar singer also took to Instagram to share some stunning snaps of her and her man from the memorable evening.
At one point in her speech, Beyoncé even shouted out her song “Formation,” saying, "To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right. Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right.” As you might expect, the crowd went wild!