Pop star, Britney Spears has been officially honoured with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
The award which was presented by Ricky Martin was awarded to Spears for recognition in making a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTI people.
Introducing Spears as “our ally,” Martin praised the singer for her support of the community.
“She could be one of those stars with a huge LGBTQ following that says nothing and does nothing, but instead she uses her platform to remind audiences around the globe that intolerance is unacceptable,” Martin said.
Spears took to the stage to accept the award and deliver a short, yet, emotional and heartfelt speech.
“I feel like our society has always put such an emphasis on what’s ‘normal’ and to be different is unusual or seen as strange. But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing,” the performer said.
“Events like this show the world that we are not alone. We can all join hands together and know that we are all beautiful. And we can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation.”
She added that motherhood and her LGBTI fan base have shown her “what it means to be loved unconditionally.”
Spears is well known for consistently standing up for and supporting LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day, including releasing a support video, meeting with LGBTQ fans, and providing anti-bullying materials to fans.
The pop star has also appeared on the song Hands, to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTI bills in Texas.
The event was attended by a host of stars including Halle Berry, Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, Chloe Grace Moretz and Anthony Rapp.