International Mega Star Britney Spears, to be honoured as one of the most prominent LGBT+ icons of all time, at the 2018 GLAAD Vanguard Awards.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 12 at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.
Past winners of the prestigious award include: Patricia Arquette (2017), Demi Lovato (2016), Janet Jackson (2008), and Roseanne Barr (1993).
On hearing the news, Britney said on Instagram: “The LGBT+ community means the absolute world to me and inspire me every day. I am proud to be an ally and I will continue to support equality and acceptance for all!”
Britney has been an outspoken ally and supporter of the LGBT+ communities for many years. Last year, along with other LGBT+ Icons she wrote a Love Letter to Billboard, the bible of the entertainment industry in the USA, to mark Pride month.
The letter said: “This is my letter of love to all my LGBT+ fans. Continuously throughout my career, you’ve always been so vocal about what a positive impact I’ve had on you – that I’ve instilled joy, hope and love in you at times when there was none. That my music is an inspiration. That my story gives you hope.
“But I have a secret to share with you. You see, it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. the lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”
I love you. Britney Spears
Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, added: “An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans—from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas.”
GLAAD was founded in 1985 in response to the New York Post’s grossly defamatory and sensationalised HIV and AIDS coverage. A small group of journalists and writers form GLAAD. The first meeting was on November 14, 1985 and later that year, almost 1,000 people protested outside the office of the New York Post. For over 30 years, has been at the forefront of cultural change, accelerating acceptance for the LGBT+ community.
Britney headlines Brighton Pride on Saturday August, 4, 2018 with her Las Vegas Show, ‘Britney – Piece of Me’.
Tickets for locals with a BN postcode will go on sale at the B RIGHT ON LGBT Community Festival Box Office at the Phil Starr Pavilion, Victoria Gardens, Brighton tomorrow, February 15 at noon.
Take along photographic ID and proof of address. Tickets will be limited to two per person.