The GLAAD Awards are presented to public figures and entities that have dedicated their work or product to advocating for LGBTQ rights. These include authors, journalists, artists, film and TV programs, and other forms of media.
The main aim is to praise people and programs that feature positive representations of the LGBTQ community.
One of the most prestigious awards is that for ‘Advocate for Change’ which this year is being presented to pop icon Madonna.
Madonna is only the second person to receive the honour after Bill Clinton was presented with the inaugural award in 2013.
According to GLAAD, Madonna has made countless contributions to LGBTQ visibility, including her employment of LGBTQ backup singers and dancers for the stage and extras in her music videos. Of course, the artist is also renowned for her support in raising funds and awareness of HIV issues, speaking up for gay rights, and speaking out against bullying of LGBTQ youth – recently having boycotted the Boy Scouts of America for their LGBTQ-exclusionary policies.
This year’s GLAAD Media Awards will take place over two days beginning on March 28 in Los Angeles and culminating with the presentation of Madonna’s honor in New York City on May 4, 2019.