OUT at Borgata is super excited to welcome the one and only Britney Spears to The Event Center this July for three sold-out shows of her Piece of Me tour. However, as if we didn’t have enough reason to love the pop princess already, GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has named Britney their 2018 Vanguard Award recipient for LGBTQ support and allyship.
“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,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a press release. “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.”
Britney 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. In 2016, she was among over 20 artists to appear on GLAAD’s song “Hands,” in honor of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. In 2017, Spears was among 140 entertainers to speak out in an open letter against anti-LGBTQ bills which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated.