Britney Spears Keeps Things Short And Sweet In A Heartfelt GLAAD Awards Speech

"Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally."

Britney Spears shared a simple but powerful message while accepting the Vanguard Award for her support of the LGBTQ community at the GLAAD Media Awards Thursday night. Ricky Martin presented the award to Spears, calling her an "ally" and saying she "uses her platform to remind audiences around the world that intolerance is unacceptable."

When Spears took the stage to accept the award, she told the audience she had prepared a speech to share. "I feel like our society always puts such an emphasis on what's normal, and to be different is unusual or seen as strange," she said. "But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing."

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"Events like this, the one we are attending here tonight, show the world that we're not alone. We can all join hands together here and know that we are all beautiful. And we can lift each other up and show our gifts without hesitation," she continued. "Being a mother has shown me what it means to love unconditionally. And you all in this room have shown me what it means to be loved unconditionally."

Later in the show, while accepting the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, actor Jim Parsons shared what Spears meant to him when he was auditioning for grad schools, explaining that her video for "... Baby One More Time" came on TV before a big audition.

"I remember watching (Britney) dance-walk down that school hallway in that Catholic school uniform with those cute little pigtails," Parsons said, according USA Today. "And I remember feeling this sense of 'Oh yeah, that's it. You can do it. You go out there and do it like Britney, and you get it ...' So thank you, Britney!"

As Billboard points out, Spears has shown her support for the LGBTQ community in various ways over the years, from signing an open letter against anti-trans legislation in Texas and lending her voice to a tribute song after the Pulse nightclub shooting, to writing a letter to a young gay man who contemplated suicide.

See Spears deliver her speech in the video below:

(H/T: Idolator)

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