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5 Times Beyoncé Was An LGBTQ Ally

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1. Her YouTube 2020 Commencement SpeechIn the early months of the pandemic, Beyoncé gave a stirring commencement address during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony, in which she spoke directly to queer Black youths.She began by acknowledging the challenges they faced as graduates amidst a global crisis and a racial pandemic, before thanking them for their collective voice in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.She encouraged those who felt different to create their own stage and make themselves seen, telling them that their queerness and Blackness are beautiful, as is their compassion and understanding for those who may be different.

Beyoncé urged graduates to be themselves and make the world see that it’s their time now.2. Accepting The GLAAD Vanguard AwardIn a powerful moment of acceptance and advocacy for LGBTQ people, Beyoncé and Jay-Z accepted the Vanguard Award from GLAAD.

During her speech, Beyoncé urged the audience to promote love and support for all human beings, especially friends and family.She emphasized the importance of loving children for who they truly are and shared a personal story of her Uncle Johnny, who struggled with HIV and was a behind-the-scenes contributor to Destiny’s Child.

Through tears, she described his loss as “one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”3. Her Pride-Centric “7/11” VideoTo celebrate Pride and the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, Beyoncé recreated her “7/11” video with a 17-second clip featuring rainbow flags and energetic dance moves.“Love always wins!” the singer wrote.

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