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Queen Latifah Thanks Partner, Celebrates Pride in BET Awards Speech

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This year's BET Awards was one for the queer history books! 

Besides Lil Nas X's unapologetically gay performance of his viral, hit single "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)," during Sunday night's televised ceremony, rap legend and Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah gave a special shout out to her partner and wished the crowd a "Happy Pride!" while accepting the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

"I wanted to celebrate us, because I know together we stand stronger than when we tear each other apart, and I’ve seen enough of that," she said in her speech, speaking about all of the women and fellow female rappers in the industry who have supported her throughout the many years of her iconic career. "So respect to all the female MCs on the stage tonight." 

Famously protective of her private life after years and years of media speculation and gossip about her sexuality, Latifah then blessed the world with a heartfelt and public acknowledgment of the people closest to her, concluding her speech by thanking longtime partner Eboni Nichols and their son Rebel, saying, "Eboni, my love. Rebel, my love. Peace. Happy Pride!" 

The public acknowledgment of her partner may have been a short and sweet moment, but it had an impact on many queer viewers who were tuned into the ceremony and who loved to see that special kind of love on display. 

This is, and will always be, a Queen Latifah stan account! 

Watch Queen Latifah accept BET's Lifetime Achievement Award in the video below. 

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