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GLAAD Media Awards: Taylor Swift to Be Honored With Vanguard Award

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By: Lexy Perez for The Hollywood Reporter
Date: January 7th 2020

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, is set to honor Taylor Swift at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 16, 2020. The singer will be presented with the prestigious Vanguard Award, which celebrates allies who have made a difference in promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

“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 to promote LGBTQ acceptance,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “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.”

At the beginning of LGBTQ Pride month in June 2019, Swift penned a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, asking him to support the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in employment, housing and other public accommodations. Swift also created a Change.org petition in which she urged her fans to support the Equality Act.

Swift’s anthem “You Need to Calm Down” is featured on her seventh studio album, Lover. Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the Queer Eye cast, Billy Porter, Ciara and Adam Rippon are among the many guests stars who appear in the anti-hate-themed video.

The singer also performed the hit alongside some of the video’s stars at the MTV Video Music Awards last August and won both the coveted Video of the Year award and the Video for Good award. During her acceptance speech, Swift called out the Trump Administration for failing to acknowledge her petition for the Equality Act.

Swift was also recently named Artist of the Decade at the 2019 American Music Awards and the Woman of the Decade for Billboard’s annual Women in Music event.

Previous recipients of the Vanguard Award include Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Antonio Banderas, Demi Lovato, Whoopi Goldberg and Patricia Arquette.

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Gilead, Hyundai and Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, will take place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Additional honorees will be announced on a later date.

Source: TSwift Daily

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