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Britney Spears to be honoured with GLAAD Vanguard Award

The singer will be honoured for promoting equality and acceptance of LGBT people

2018-02-13

Britney Spears is set to be honoured with the second Vanguard Award of her career, this time from LGBT+ organisation GLAAD.

The 36-year-old is set to attend the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in April where she will receive the award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBT+ people. 

Previous honourees for the Vanguard Award include Jennier Lopez, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack and Josh Hutcherson. 

Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, told Entertainment Weekly just why the organisation felt like the Pop Princess was the perfect choice to be honoured with the award. 

She said: "An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD's Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans - from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas." 

"She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever." 

The 'Work Bitch' singer was one of 20 artists to appear on GLAAD's single 'Hands' to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando massacre, and last year she was one of the 140 entertainers to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBT+ bills which targeted trans youth in Texas. 

The singer also wrote a heartwarming letter to the LGBT+ community for Billboard during Pride Month in 2017, thanking her LGBT+ fans for their "unwavering loyalty" during her lengthy career. 

It's going to be a busy for for Spears, who is also scheduled to headline Brighton Pride festival in August.