While receiving one of the highest honors at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, which aired on Logo last night, Madonna reminded attendees and viewers at home that “it is every human’s duty to fight” for others.
The entertainer — whose 14th studio album, Madame X, will be released in June — took home the Advocate for Change Award: a special, non-competitive award last given to former President Bill Clinton in 2013 that is intended to honor someone who has “changed the game for [LGBTQ+] people around the world.”
In her acceptance speech, Madonna spoke about how queer people have changed her life for the better and why she tries to be an ally to the community, both personally and professionally.
“Why have I always fought for change?” she asked. “It’s a hard question to answer. It’s like trying to explain the importance of breathing or the need to love.”
Elsewhere in the speech at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna spoke about her early friendships with gay men, the impact that AIDS had in her social circles in the 1980s and ‘90s, and why she continues to fight.
“2019 is a monumental year for our community,” she said. “We are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked a revolution and outcry of activism, mobilizing people from all over the country to come together and stand up for love and against brutality, violence, and hatred.”