Kerry Washington was honored with a Vanguard Award at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for being a champion for the LGBT community promoting equal rights and made a moving speech about equality.
Kerry has teamed up with GLADD for their annual anti-bullying Spirit Day to support LGBT youth who have suffered at the hands of bullies. During her speech, Kerry knew she wanted to leave an indelible impression and started off by saying:
“…On Monday morning, people are going to click a link to hear what that woman from Scandal said at that awards show, and so, I think some stuff needs to be said.”
She then went on to outline the inequalities that exist in various communities.
“Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people: we have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of ‘other,” she said.
“As others, we are taught that to be successful, we must reject those other others, or we will never belong.”
She also took Black people to task and asked if they don’t support gay marriage then refrain from spewing messages of hate.
“We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others’ existence and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanized. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.”