Taylor Swift and Janet Mock will be honoured at the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards to take place on April 16.
The ceremony, which is being held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, will see Swift receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award.
The honour is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.
The news comes after Swift penned an open letter to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander last year, urging him to support the Equality Act.
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
She also released the track “You Need to Calm Down”, with the music video being filled with a series of LGBTQ celebs, including Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, and the “Queer Eye” cast.
The lyrics also included, “Why are you mad? When you could be GLAAD?”
Mock, an American writer and transgender rights activist, on the other hand, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
The prestigious gong is handed to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance.