“Popular culture began to raise me even if it didn’t always represent me,” actress-activist Janet Mock told the crowd at the 30th annual GLAAD Awards honoring Beyoncé and Jay Z with the Vanguard award on Thursday night in Beverly Hills. “As a young person growing up poor and black and trans, this lack of reflection made me feel [invisible], but it all began to change when I saw Beyoncé, waving a hot comb in the air in a Houston, Texas, salon in a Destiny’s Child video for ‘Bills, Bills, Bills.’ I found the black girl hero I had always been searching for.”
For the star-studded event celebrating accurate and fair representations of LGBTQIA people in media, it was all about Queen Bey, from “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jake Borelli’s cry of “Beyoncé!” on the red carpet in anticipation of her appearance to host Ross Mathews unveiling his 2020 presidential vote for the singer during his opener on stage.
But as presenters including Beyoncé’s former stylist Ty Hunter, Lena Waithe and Mock spoke of the couple, they were visibly moved.
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Upon accepting his award, Jay Z