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Mariah Carey to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards...for Being Mariah Carey


Honestly, if there's anyone that deserves an award for just existing...

The 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards are turning out to be a star-studded affair, and one of the brightest and shadiest stars in the galaxy will lend some of her light. Mariah Carey will received GLAAD's Ally Award, presented to a media figure who has consistently used their platform to support and advance LGBT equality and acceptance.

Previous GLAAD Media Awards honorees include fellow legendary divas Elizabeth Taylor, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, and Cher.


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"Through her music and outspoken support, Mariah Carey has inspired and empowered countless LGBT fans across the globe," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "She is a longtime ally and friend to the LGBT community who has worked tirelessly to move acceptance and inclusion forward."

According to a GLAAD press release:

Carey has long embraced her LGBT fanbase worldwide, consistently sending messages of support in media interviews and gracing the cover of OUT Magazine. She has participated in GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day, wearing purple to show her support for LGBT youth.

In addition to appearing in the LGBT-inclusive film Precious, the global superstar has tirelessly voiced her support for marriage equality. Carey has also spoken lovingly about the important role a gay couple played in her childhood, saying they were "my template for a great relationship." During a concert in 2009, she brought a gay fan onstage to propose to his boyfriend.

A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has devoted her time to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart, including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children's charities, both domestic and international, she founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

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Meanwhile, Camp Mariah for LIFE.

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Carey's Precious director Lee Daniels will present her with the Ally Award at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards in New York, hosted by Laverne Cox. More info here.

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