Christina Aguilera, Bad Bunny, and Jeremy Pope will be honored for their work supporting the LGBTQ+ community at the GLAAD Media Awards. The award ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on March 30.
Furthermore, 42-year-old Aguilera is scheduled to receive the Advocate for Change Award for “her decades-long allyship in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.” The prize has previously been given to Madonna and former President Bill Clinton.
Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD, stated in a press release: “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. 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.”
Additionally, 28-year-old Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny will win the Vanguard Award for “championing queer visibility in Latinx culture.” Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, and others have received this honor in the past.
According to a press release from 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.”
“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,” she concluded.
Jeremy Pope, 30, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award for “breaking barriers across multiple industries as an out LGBTQ media professional,” according to the announcement. Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Jim Parsons, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, and others have received the award in the past.
Furthermore, according to Ellis, “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. 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.”
On another note, at the GLAAD Media Awards, there will be 295 nominees in 33 categories, including two new ones for outstanding podcast and outstanding live TV journalism – segment or special. However, there has been no announcement of the performances, hosts, or special appearances.