We absolutely cannot calm down over GLAAD’s most recent news.
Early Tuesday morning, the organization announced its latest celebrity honorees: “You Need to Calm Down” singer Taylor Swift and Pose mastermind Janet Mock, both of whom will be celebrated for their LGBTQ advocacy at the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles this spring.
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 7, 2020
In a press release breaking the news, GLAAD noted that Swift will receive its Vanguard Award, which is presented annually to allies who’ve made significant contributions to the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality. Previous honorees include Madonna, Britney Spears, and Beyoncé, to name just a few.
The Lover crooner became a frequent topic of conversation in queer circles after she used the success of her star-powered 2019 equality anthem “You Need to Calm Down” to advocate for the LGBTQ Equality Act.
Mock, of course, is a household name in LGBTQ circles. The accomplished trans writer-director-producer is one of the minds behind FX’s groundbreaking series Pose, and a staunch advocate for racial justice and transgender equality. She’s slated to receive GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, awarded annually to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting queer acceptance.
Mock is not slowing her roll anytime soon, either: As NewNowNext reported last June, she recently scored a historic, multi-million-dollar creative deal with Netflix, meaning the streaming giant has first dibs on her future projects for three years.
Today, @JanetMock makes history as the first Black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.
"…there's potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories." pic.twitter.com/nXhaW0STvo
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 19, 2019
In a statement, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis praised Swift and Mock for their ongoing contributions to the fight for queer rights.
“In a time of political and cultural division, Taylor creates music that unites and calls on her massive fan following to speak up and call for change,” Ellis said, adding that Mock continues to distinguish herself as “a trailblazing force for diverse and inclusive storytelling who has raised the bar for LGBTQ representation in Hollywood.”
Cheers to that. Congrats, ladies!