Jay-Z Opened up about His Mother's Struggle with Coming out and Dedicated GLAAD Award to Her

Claudine Varela
Apr 04, 2019
08:11 A.M.

Jay-Z thanked his lesbian mother for allowing him to tell her story as he accepted his GLAAD award. "I get to follow in her footsteps," he said. His wife, Beyonce, likewise dedicated her award to her gay uncle.


Jay-Z took the stage during the GLAAD Media Awards, along with his wife, Beyonce to accept their Vanguard award and dedicate it to his mother.



Gloria Carter who is a lesbian and a GLAAD awardee last year was featured in his track, “Smile.” The singer told her story of struggling with her identity.

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take,” he rapped.

In his acceptance speech, Jay-Z thanked Gloria for allowing him to tell her story through his song.

“I get to follow in her footsteps for spreading love and acceptance,” he says.


Meanwhile, Beyonce dedicated her award to her uncle Johnny, describing him as “the most fabulous gay man I’ve ever known who helped raise me and my sister.” Fighting back tears, she lauded her uncle for being “brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.” She also recalled his battle with HIV as “one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”


Beyonce was treated to a special tribute earlier in the show. “Drag Race” star Shangela performed her greatest hits while channeling her look and energy throughout the 7-minute number.



Other big winners that night include “Queer Eye” for Outstanding Reality Program and the romantic comedy “Love Simon” for Outstanding Film. “Will & Grace’s” Sean Hayes won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award and even joked about Jussie Smollett’s attack during his speech.

"I've been getting in shape for tonight with the Jussie Smollett workout," he said. "You hire two trainers and sweat for eight weeks. It wipes out all your belly fat and credibility."

Hayes also joked about the fact that he’s the last of the four cast members of his show to be honored by GLAAD. “I’m the last one…the gay one,” he emphasized.

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