Pop star Britney Spears to be honoured with GLAAD's Vanguard Award for her support of gay community

Reuters

Feb,14 2018 13:14 56 IST

Los Angeles: Pop star Britney Spears will be honoured for her support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at an awards ceremony this year, advocacy group GLAAD said on Tuesday.

The GLAAD Vanguard Award is given to media personalities who have promoted equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people, GLAAD said. Previous winners include Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor and Whoopi Goldberg.

Britney Spears performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, 22 May, 2016, in Las Vegas. Image from AP

Britney Spears performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, 22 May, 2016, in Las Vegas. Image from AP

Spears is a longtime supporter of the gay and transgender community, GLAAD said in a statement. She has spoken out against bullying of LGBTQ youth, publicly opposed bills in Texas that would have restricted transgender rights and participated in a musical tribute that honoured the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

She has also supported gay marriage, and last year wrote an open “love letter” to the LGBTQ community that read: “Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

Spears will receive the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on 12 April in Beverly Hills, California.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 13:14 PM | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018 13:19 PM