Beyoncé and Jay-Z were presented with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards last night for their allyship to the LGBTQ+ community. The only problem is that not everyone thinks they deserve the award. Plenty of people on the internet are saying that they haven't done much, if anything, for the community and that they don't deserve the award.
The couple might not be out here waving pride flags in front of everyone's faces, but that doesn't mean they have done nothing for the community. They both have been vocal about their support and care for queer people in both interviews and their music.
They gave a very emotional acceptance speech.
Jay-Z gave recognition to his mother, Gloria Carter, who's a lesbian. Her coming out to her son was featured in the song "Smile" from Jay-Z's 4:44 album. She was honored at last year's GLAAD Media Awards.
Beyoncé spoke about her uncle, who helped raise her and her sister. She says that he lived with HIV and hopes that his story would inspire others. She also said she's proud of her husband for inspiring change within the hip-hop community.
Best part? "How you identify and see yourself is your human right. Who you make love to and take that a-- to Red Lobster is your human right." Honestly, yes.
Jay-Z spoke openly to CNN about marriage equality in 2012.
When interviewed by CNN back in 2012, he said he felt marriage discrimination was "holding the country back." He said that people love who they love and what people do in private is their business. He went on to say it's "no different" than discrimination against black people.
Jay-Z's music video for "Family Feud" features prominent voices in the community.
The music video opens with a quote from James Baldwin. It reads: "The wretched of the earth do not decide to become extinct, they resolve, on the contrary, to multiply: life is their weapon against life, life is all that they have." Baldwin was a gay writer who used his voice to speak on issues such as race.
Romper reported that this quote is most likely about black people who have chosen to be proud of who they are, regardless of the ways they have been disregarded and oppressed throughout American history.
Transgender rights activist Janet Mock is also in the video. She has been very vocal about advocating for the rights of transgender people and has used various platforms to do so.