Swift will receive the Vanguard Award, for allies who have made an impact in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. She joins previous honorees Beyonce and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Cher, Demi Lovato and more. Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award, given to a LGBTQ media professional who ardently promotes acceptance.
Swift has used her massive platform to advocate for the LGBTQ community a number of times in the past year. At the beginning of Pride month, the songstress wrote a letter to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, urging him to support the Equality Act. She followed it up with a Change.org petition, which now has more than half a million signatures, to include her fans in supporting the Equality Act.
To round out June, the superstar released her smash Lover hit “You Need to Calm Down,” and paired the acceptance anthem with a music video filled with all our favorite LGBTQ celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Adam Rippon, Hayley Kiyoko, the cast of Queer Eye and more. The lyrics shouted out GLAAD (“Why are you mad? When you could be GLAAD?”), and shut down the haters by chanting, “Shade never made anybody less gay.”
The GLAAD Media Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 16. Nominees to be announced on Wednesday (Jan. 8).