Beyoncé Reveals She Lost Her Gay Uncle To HIV In Emotional Speech At The GLAAD Media Awards

Beyoncé Reveals She Lost Her Gay Uncle To HIV In Emotional Speech At The GLAAD Media Awards

The Beverly Hilton was buzzing like a Bey hive Thursday night as the audience waited for Beyoncé and Jay-Z to descend from the heavens to accept the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. When the couple took the stage, the room was immediately emotionally charged as the two praised the LGBTQ community and shared their own personal experiences.

But before they took the stage, RuPaul’s Drag Race all-star Shangela lit up the stage in one of the most electrifying one-woman Beyoncé tributes. The drag superstar took to the stage to perform a raucous medley of Beyoncé’s greatest hits, including hits like “Partition,” “Run the World” and “Single Ladies,” along with Destiny’s Child tracks like “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women.” The star was aided by a slew of backup dancers, who helped Shangela pull off some truly sickening choreography.

Following her performance, Shangela was met with a standing ovation, including from Beyoncé herself who beamed at the star and applauded her performance ecstatically.

After the smoke cleared from Shangela’s performance, HIV activist Morris Singletary, advocate and Pose director & writer Janet Mock, Beyoncé’s long-time stylist and friend Ty Hunter, and Emmy-award winning writer Lena Waithe took to the stage one by one to sing the praises of the duo — not just their general greatness, but how their support for the LGBTQ community and the marginalized has inspired them. Waithe called them “the most powerful black couple” and then joked they might have to fight the Obamas for that title.

During Jay-Z’s speech he praised his mother, who came out as a lesbian on the groundbreaking track “Smile” from his album, 4:44. “I get to follow in her footsteps for spreading love and acceptance and her beautiful speech at the end of the song — and for allowing me to tell her story,” he said. Jay-Z received a GLAAD Special Recognition Award last year for the song and the music video.

When Beyoncé spoke, she shared her husband’s sentiment, spreading love and said that “Change starts with supporting people closest to you.” She encouraged people to speak out and protect those who are marginalized and asked for parents to love their kids in their truest form.

“We would like to request that we continue to shift the stigmas in this community,” she said. “Especially the stigmas in black families towards accepting queer black and brown men and women around the world.”

As she continued, she got emotional as she dedicated the award to her Uncle Johnny, who she called “The most fabulous gay man I ever knew who helped raise her and her sister Solange.”

She added: “He lived his truth; he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting — witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived. I am hoping that his struggles serve 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.”

She then quipped, “Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right” which was met with uproarious hoots, hollers and applause from the crowd.

Beyoncé then turned to Jay-Z and praised him for making incredible strides in advocating the LGBTQ in the hip-hop community, which has a history of being homophobic.

“It is a privilege to watch you take those steps and to stand right next to you,” she said.

Watch a segment of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s speech below.

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  1. Francis
    March 29, 13:07 Reply

    So Beyonce actually attended this event. I’m shook and impressed. ???????

    • Pink Panther
      March 29, 15:15 Reply

      I know, right?!!! 😀
      I mean, let’s not forget that she didn’t attend the Grammy.

      • Francis
        March 29, 23:51 Reply

        I like this Beyoncé sha. This one seems to very much not give a fuck anymore and does WHATEVER she wants ???

        In other news Jay Z finally arranged this his Dada well and looks like Blue. Praise the Lord ???

  2. Biggest prick
    March 30, 11:50 Reply

    Oh! My love for Bey is like wine. It gets stronger with time.

  3. J
    March 30, 12:53 Reply

    It’s so touching I feel so happy reading and watching this!

    No one will understand you more like you immediate family members, they know you and what you are capable of doing. If the world sees you as demonic, your family members know you are not demonic. Let’s start preaching acceptance from our homes. Come out to them, don’t be afraid. I came out to my younger sister and some of my close friends and I’m hoping to come out to others in due time. I’m no going to live a lie.

  4. Leon
    April 02, 17:40 Reply

    My love for Beyonce has actually heightened to a degree of the mountain’s highest range… Jay Z u are amazing ? love you both

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