The Queen of Pop is about to add another accolade to her extensive collection: She’s being honored as GLAAD’s Advocate for Change at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards in New York City this May.
Madonna will become the first woman to receive the Advocate for Change award, designed to celebrate an LGBTQ ally whose work has changed the game for queer acceptance and equality around the world.
In a press statement, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis praised Madge for her decades of allyship to the queer community, including activism around HIV/AIDS awareness in the United States and LGBTQ issues abroad:
Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally and it is only fitting to honor and celebrate our biggest advocate at GLAAD’s biggest event ever. From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted. Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds.
Madonna is the second person to receive GLAAD’s Advocate for Change award after President Bill Clinton, who was honored in 2013 at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards when he changed his stance on the anti-LGBTQ Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and helped advance marriage equality in the U.S.
It won’t be Madonna’s first time attending the GLAAD Awards, either. Back in 2013, she presented the prestigious Vito Russo Award to journalist Anderson Cooper.
She’ll accept her Advocate for Change honor at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, May 4.
Click the link below for a rundown of this year’s nominees, including films and TV programs like Love, Simon, Pose, Logo’s Transmilitary, and more. (And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Queen of Pop herself, who’s due to release a new album sometime this year.)