Madonna – Advocate for Change
The Queen of Pop’s continuous efforts to promote awareness around LGBTQ issues are being honoured by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
In the upcoming 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna is set to receive the Advocate for Change Award, the first woman to ever do so. GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis stated that among Madonna’s efforts is her overall message of acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and she has become their ‘greatest ally’. She also holds numerous AIDS benefit concerts. Ellis added, “Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds.” In fact, one of those is Ellen DeGeneres who was encouraged to come out by Madonna.
The singer, who is known for chart-topping hits including Like A Virgin and Material Girl, has been embraced by the gay community as an inspiration and an icon. It’s not just that most of her crew are queer. She is very vocal about her support for gays and her denouncement of homophobia. She is a proud supporter of rights such as the Marriage Equality Act in the US, and even urged her fans to stand in solidarity of same-sex couples’ right to marry. Many of her influences and mentors are also gay including her early dance instructor Christopher Flynn who was diagnosed with AIDS, which is why it remains such an important cause for the singer.
On top of being a champion for the causes of the LGBTQ community, Madonna is also active in other humanitarian efforts, particularly in Malawi. For over a decade, Madonna has centred her philanthropy towards the underdeveloped African nation. The citizens were dying of several conditions including AIDS, malnutrition, and malaria. They were— and for the most part still are— marginalised, which touched Madonna to her core. She founded the non-profit organisation, Raising Malawi, which is dedicated to helping Malawians through providing access to education and healthcare facilities.
In 2017, the BBC shared in a video that Madonna opened the Mercy James Centre, a pediatric hospital in Malawi. In her speech she said, “This place is as much about healing as it is about empowerment.” The new healthcare centre can make a huge difference for young generations. It also helps train healthcare workers in preventing and combatting prevalent illnesses.
Moreover, the foundation provides academic scholarships, educational materials, and school uniforms. Raising Malawi also partnered with international organisation buildOn to put up primary schools in the country, which were successfully completed in 2014.
Interestingly, Celeb Mix reported that the artist won over £104,000 on the Italian lottery, SuperEnaLotto, which she pumped into funding the construction of schools. The pop superstar is a frequent lottery player, and continues to play the SuperEnaLotto. It has one of the biggest jackpot prizes in the world, and is one of the most popular lotteries in Europe, as it is also played by lots of regular EuroMillions players. Lottoland shares some important facts about the EuroMillions and mentions that players from 13 European countries buy tickets. Another major contender is the 20-year old national lottery in the UK, which has a record jackpot of £42 million. Out of all the big lotteries though, what probably enticed Madonna to play SuperEnaLotto may have been her Italian ancestry. Needless to say, this was a good decision on her part, and her winnings can be considered a reward for her good deeds, which she chose to use as yet another act of kindness. Regardless of the advocacy, it is just one of the many reasons why she deserves to be honoured.
All things considered, it appears that GLAAD couldn’t have picked a more fitting candidate to be their first female advocate for change awardee. Here’s to wishing more power to Madonna so she can continue to spread kindness and give us more beautiful music for years to come.
The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in California, USA on 28th March, 2019.
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