CAROLINE BULLOCK: Beyonce sold out LGBTQ+ rights for a $24m check from a homophobic dicatorship

Beyonce’s Halo has slipped. The singer who has amassed a $500 million fortune thanks to a once-in-a-generation talent and peerless brand of savvy has shot an own goal by choosing a Dubai hotel for her live comeback.

In a land where homosexuality is illegal and punishment can mean the death penalty, the gig to mark the opening of Atlantis The Royal, the crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates’ tourism industry, is a jarring choice.

Beyonce is a celebrated icon of the gay community, who away from the desert has been lauded as an ally of LGBTQ+ rights.

In 2019, Beyoncé and Jay-Z accepted the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards for their work on behalf of the community. Jay-Z paid tribute to his own mother, Gloria Carter, who is openly gay.

In a 2011 interview, Beyonce once trilled to LGBTQ+ publication, Pride Source, ‘The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what society may think is different — to be brave…

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