Why Are You Mad? Taylor Swift to Receive The GLAAD Vanguard Award

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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  1. I give props to anyone that has the courage to speak up for equality and tries to make a positive impact in the LGBTQ community. With that being said, I don’t think Taylor deserves this award this early on. She’s been outspoken about equality rights for like 2-3 years now? I feel these awards should go to those who have built a legacy in the community. Someone like Dolly Parton comes to mind. Heck even if you go with a more current artist, Kacey Musgraves has been more of a vocal ally since she first made it big in 2012, AND she’s done this while making music in the most conservative genre there is.

    Good for Taylor, I can’t hate on someone doing good in this world, but again, I just think it’s too premature for her.

    1. MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. She’s been active like what, only since 2018 and the most of 2019 and now’s she’s considered a trailblazer?

      1. Well I partly agree. I agree on the fact she has been vocal about it only recently, but to my opinion she did more than previous recipient of this award … did some only got it because they have a major gay fanbase ?!

        1. But if you have a major gay fanbase, wouldn’t that actually mean that you are truly important to the gay community and can also mean you are doing something meaningful or at the very least something right. An inspiration. Ergo, a true trailblazer as opposed to Taylor and her fans that are mostly conservative white girls. In LGBTQ, the G stands for Gay and not Girl. And we all know everything Taylor does is calculated. She only did this to be “woke”. It’s how she has remained relevant for years is because she does know how to appeal to the Gen Z stans a.k.a. the woke / cancelling / cultural appropriation hating generation. And GAY RIGHTS is one of today’s ‘woke’ issues. But she does this not cause she truly cares but because she’s a savvy businesswoman. This is just marketing for her.

          1. I’ll also add, GLAAD only selected her probably because she’s the current reigning award winning girl of the season. And since she has “spoken” for the community a lot (altho only recently), that now gives GLAAD the justification to give her the vanguard award. We also have to keep in mind that award shows and awards also have a little bit of PR, Marketing, and Politics in it. It makes perfect sense to a PR agent to give it to Taylor. I think it’s a great idea. But if you’re part of the community (and not a Swiftie so you aren’t biased), it certainly raises a lot of questions as to WHY HER.

        2. The fact that this is even a discussion means this decision is polarizing. It means there is a divide in the community. So can you really say you’re a trailblazer and inspiration when you can’t even unify the community to back you up on your gay icon status? Also, as a pop star, if you aren’t making ALL the gays happy – then are you really doing it right? Because you’re not serving it unless the gays say you are ser-ving it.

          1. You made good points. I agree on the fact that it feels lik a PR move and I feel like the fact she did so much but only around the promotion of her song didnt help the “woke” comments. But I do appreciate that she is using her voice whether people think its too much or not. On top of that, she does speak well in public.
            As for the recipient, Its true that an inspiration is also meaningful but I remember seeing artists just going quickly to a shelter, or talk to someone in an hospital just to make the PR stunt. So at least, in this situation, it felt very prepared and solid (for sure she has a good PR team)

    2. Very good points. Can I just give you props on the internet for making an intelligent point without being negative?

      I couldn’t agree more with your input. Taylor made bold moves, and with that big of a conservative base, she definitely had a lot to lose. But there are countless others who’ve been at this battle much, much longer….. and they’ve barely received mention.

      Has Christina Aguilera won this yet? God I hope so

  2. I dig it because she gave it a good go for us NOW. Im not sure who else is, I dont think Gay Rights are exactly an In thing right now.

    That said.


    Even if nothing came of it[which we are sadly used to] and people love to talk the talk but rarely walk the walk, good for whoever wins. Awards go on what’s the hot dish right now, usually, sometimes merit.
    I think she wants to maybe possibly hopefully dabble in politics, and if the mass majority are on her side of perspective- she should be rewarded for her recent work and continue doing it.

  3. So, I love you need to calm down, but from the moment I heard it the “when you could GLAAD” lyric I knew she was going to be getting this award. It was an obvious, calculated move. BUT I feel like she’s done Justin Timberlake, Jessica biel, Beyoncé and Jay-Z ever did for lgbtq and they won. At least she’s had little lyrics since welcome to New York about the lgbtq community