GLAAD will honor Taylor Swift with the prestigious Vanguard Award.
I know what you may be thinking: what has Swift done to earn an accolade that highlights achievements championed for the LGBTQ community?
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis listed several accomplishments in today’s press release announcing the news.
“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,” Ellis said. “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.”
Swift also donated to the Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that rallied religious leaders to denounce anti-LGBTQ bills nicknamed the “Slate of Hate.”
Swift also wrote a letter to Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander on behalf of the LGBTQ community, asking for his support for the Equality Act. It protects LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in employment and housing. “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” she wrote to fans on a Change.org petition for the Equality Act.
Previous Vanguard Award recipients include Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez and Kerry Washington.
The 31st GLAAD Media Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 16.
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