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Britney Spears will receive GLAAD's Vanguard for her LGBT support

Britney Spears is awarded GLAAD's Vanguard Award.
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Britney Spears has long been an advocate for the LGBT community, but it’s not in the form of any donations or charities, it’s just being herself and in doing so inspiring others to do the same. GLAAD has recognized that about the iconic singer and will give their prestigious Vanguard Award in April. 

The Vanguard honors people in the entertainment industry or pop culture who have made a difference by showing support and acceptance to the community.

Britney has a long list of things she’s done to deserve the trophy. GLAAD lists some of them:

"She has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying. In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers."

"In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on GLAAD's song 'Hands,' released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop, benefited Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD."

"In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating 'We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram."

"After a gay couple who met at the opening of 'Britney: Piece of Me' married, she surprised them with a touching video to send congratulations and show her support for marriage equality."

Last year Britney wrote an open letter via Billboard Pride in which she credits the LGBT community for consistently inspiring her to do better.

She wrote: “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.”

The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on April 12. Britney will be there to receive her award in person.