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Britney Spears thanks LGBT fans for unconditional love

The pop star said society says being different is strange

2018-04-13

Britney Spears thanked her LGBT fans for their unconditional love.

The music icon was given the GLAAD Vanguard award last night (12.04.18) for promoting equality by openly gay pop star Ricky Martin who dubbed her an "ally" to the LGBT community, and Britney said society emphasises that being "different" is strange.

While accepting the award, Britney said: "I feel like our society puts such an emphasis on what's 'normal' and to be 'different' is unusual or seen as strange.

"But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing.

"We can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation.

"Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally and you all in this room have shown me throughout my career what it means to be loved unconditionally."

Before handing the Oops I Did It Again hitmaker her award, Martin praised the "artist, fighter and friend" and said she fights for "acceptance in her own way".

He told the audience at the Los Angeles' Beverley Hilton hotel: "She fights for acceptance in her own way.

"She could be one of those stars with a huge LGBTQ following who says nothing and does nothing but instead she uses her platform to remind audiences around the world that intolerance is unacceptable."

Other winners from the night include Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.