Watch JAY-Z’s Mother Gloria Carter Give Powerful GLAAD Media Awards Speech

Last night, JAY Z‘s mother Gloria Carter was honored at the GLAAD Media Awards. Mrs. Carter was there to accept the “Special Recognition” award for her 4:44 song “Smile.” JAY Z revealed in the song fore the first time publicly that his mother was a lesbian. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he rapped.

During her acceptance speech, she spoke about her sexuality/orientation and coming out to her son. “Here I am. I’m loving, I’m respectful, I’m productive, and I’m a human being who has a right to love who I love,” Carter said. “So everybody, just smile, be free.”

Watch the acceptance speech above.