Jay-Z’s mom, who came out as a lesbian on his 2017 “4:44” album, will be given the New York GLAAD Media Award’s Special Recognition Award during its annual reception on May 5, reports Billboard.
Carter delivered a spoken word poem on the song “Smile,” in which she discussed hiding her sexuality for years before coming out. Jay-Z said he was brought to tears when his mother finally came out to him.
She’s expected to deliver a speech on how revealing her sexuality changed her life and more.
“By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter increased visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sent a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. “Her story and the unconditional love that her family exhibits resonate with so many. The GLAAD Media Awards will be a critical platform to honor her work and further this important message.”
Other notable people expected to be honored that night include director Ava DuVernay, who will be given the Excellence in Media Award, and actress Samira Wiley, who will receive the Vito Russo Award.