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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Bad Bunny will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards for his allyship to the LGBTQ+ community

Bad Bunny will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards for his allyship to the LGBTQ+ community.

Said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis: “Bad Bunny uses his role as one of the world’s most popular music artists to boldly shine a light on LGBTQ people and issues, including transgender equality and ending violence against trans women of color.”

Aguilera’s track record of allyship is a long one. In 2002, Aguilera dedicated her smash single, “Beautiful,” to the LGBTQ community. The song earned the chanteuse a special recognition honor at the 14th GLAAD Media Awards. Aguilera raised more than $500 million for HIV research with MAC cosmetics in 2004, contributed to the campaign against Proposition 8 in 2008 and brought trans dancers and drag artists into the limelight during the 2012 American Music Awards. She once penned a “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community” for Billboard in 2017, and she’s shared the stage with LGBTQ artists like Anitta, Syd, Kim Petras, Chika and Rodriguez.

Bad Bunny’s advocacy and outspoken allyship for the LGBTQ community has reached millions around the world, using his craft to speak out for equality. “Bad Bunny uses his role as one of the world’s most popular music artists to boldly shine a light on LGBTQ people and issues, including transgender equality and ending violence against trans women of color,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “By consistently advocating for our community, elevating our stories and demanding action from anti-LGBTQ leaders, Bad Bunny redefines the positive influence Latin music artists can have within the LGBTQ community, and has set an example for all artists.”

Aguilera has used her platform to be a bold advocate for the LGBTQ community, advancing conversations around acceptance and more through music. “Christina Aguilera is a beloved icon who has inspired and shared messages of love for the LGBTQ community since the start of her music career,” Ellis said. “From using her voice to speak out against anti-LGBTQ legislation to creating songs and music videos that showcase LGBTQ love, Christina loudly and proudly raises the bar for what it means to be a LGBTQ ally today.”

Bad Bunny — Spotify’s most-streamed artist in the world last year — will receive the Vanguard Award for having made “a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues. Five-time Grammy winner Aguilera will receive the Advocate for Change Award for having “changed the game for LGBTQ people around the world.” And Pose alum and two-time Tony nominee Pope will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for having made “a significant difference in raising visibility and promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues.”

Pope has broken barriers across Broadway, TV and film, earning two Tony Award nominations along with Grammy and Emmy noms. “Jeremy Pope is one of today’s most talented and dynamic actors who has given life and excitement to important stories that impact and honor the LGBTQ community,” Ellis said. “Offscreen, Pope has used his voice to have important conversations about being an out actor in Hollywood, which are key to continuing to erase stigma and bias that affect out actors today.”

In a performance for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the rapper paid homage to Alexa Negr√≥n Luciano, a trans woman murdered in the city of Toa Baja, wearing a shirt in Spanish that read: “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.” In 2019, the artist also helped influence a movement to force former Puerto Rican Governor, Ricardo Rossell√≥, to step down from office, after being exposed for corruption and anti-LGBTQ attitudes.

Moving from sound booth to the big screen, Bad Bunny plans to executive produce the forthcoming Netflix adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, “They Both Die in the End,” which features a queer Latinx storyline.

Previous GLAAD Vito Russo Award recipient Ricky Martin told Rolling Stone that Bad Bunny is an “icon for the Latin queer community.”

Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican superstar who just opened the Grammy Awards on Sunday, will be feted with a Vanguard Award for championing queer visibility in Latinx culture; Aguilera will take home an Advocate for Change Award for decades-long allyship in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people; and Pope will receive a Stephen F. Kolzak Award, awarded for “breaking barriers across multiple industries as an out LGBTQ media professional,” per the org.

Pope, who has Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations to his cred, most recently starred in Elegance Bratton’s autobiographical first feature, The Inspection, as a closeted Black gay man in the Marine Corps. His other credits of stage and screen include Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Hollywood, Pose and The Collaboration. “Offscreen, Pope has used his voice to have important conversations about being an out actor in Hollywood, which are key to continuing to erase stigma and bias that affect out actors today,” reported Ellis.


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