Beyonce revealed her uncle’s battle with HIV was “one of the most painful experiences” she has been through as she accepted an award for being an ally to the LGBT community.
The American pop star and husband Jay-Z received an accolade for their contribution to the gay community at GLAAD’s media awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
The couple dedicated their award to Beyonce’s uncle Johnny, who died of HIV-related complications.
In their acceptance speech, Beyonce said she was “overwhelmed” with the award and called for people to “love and support those closest to you”.
She became emotional as she recalled Johnny’s HIV battle, prompting Jay-Z to put his hand on her back.
The Crazy In Love singer said there was “stigma” in black families about accepting gay relatives, and added that her uncle “lived his truth, he was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting”.
Jay-Z also paid tribute to his mother, Gloria Carter, who came out as a lesbian when she featured on the rapper’s song Smile in 2017.
He said: “Thank you, GLAAD, for this amazing honour and having us this evening. Life, this journey, is filled with highs, lows and a lot of learning.
“This is a momentous night and I also want to honour my mother who received an award last year.”
The Vanguard Award, which Beyonce and Jay Z were presented with, honours “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people”.
Other winners on the night were Netflix show Queer Eye for best reality programme and teen romance Love, Simon for outstanding film.