Beyoncé Dedicates GLAAD Award to Her Uncle Who Died of AIDS

“[He was] the most fabulous gay man I've ever known."

Who run the world?! According to GLAAD, it’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who took the stage at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles to accept a Vanguard Award for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

In their emotional speech to audience members, Jay-Z took a moment to acknowledge his mother, Gloria Carter, whose coming out caused him to cry tears of joy in 2017. Gloria also came out to the world in “Smile,” a mother-son rap duet on the hip-hop artist’s 2017 album 4:44.

Gloria also received an award from GLAAD last year—and Jay-Z noted he’s just “following in her footsteps.” “I want everyone to acknowledge her,” he added, to a round of applause.

Queen Bey used her time onstage to dedicate the honor to her uncle, Johnny, who she says died of HIV/AIDS years ago. “[He was] the most fabulous gay man I’ve ever known,” she said, tearing up. “He helped raise me and my sister; he lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting, and witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived [through].”

The superstar pop singer also got a surprise from RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Shangela, who serenaded her with a show-stopping medley of her own music. (Rest assured, Shangela got a standing ovation.)

Watch a clip from the hip-hop power couple’s speech below—and heed the word of Beyoncé herself, who said, “LGBTQI rights are human rights.”

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