Beyoncé and Jay Z know all about love.
The couple has been married for almost 11 years, has three children, and sing many songs with “love” in the title.
On Thursday night, the Carters were honored at the GLAAD Awards which recognized them for their contribution to the LGBTQ+ community.
“We’re here to promote love for every human being,” Beyoncé said while accepting the Vanguard Award alongside her husband.
“And change starts with supporting the people closest to you. So let’s tell them they are loved. Let’s remind them that they are beautiful, let’s speak out and protect them. And parents, let’s love our kids in their truest form… I’d like to request that we continue to shift the stigmas in this community, especially the stigmas in black families towards queer black and brown men and women.”
Jay Z acknowledged his mother Gloria who came out as a lesbian late in life, while the Lemonade singer dedicated the award to her “fabulous, gay” uncle Johnny who died of AIDS.
“He lived his truth, he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting. And witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived. I’m hopeful his struggles served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right.”