Ruby Rose’s mantle is filling up – first she won a Screen Actors Guild Award earlier in the year and now she has a GLAAD Media Award to go with it. The Orange is the New Black actress was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award – an accolade given annually to a LGBT person in the media working towards eliminating homophobia.
During the televised ceremony Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance to present Rose with the top honour.
“Tonight I’m here to honour someone who, through her words and through her actions, proves that she is a force of nature,” Swift told the crowd. “[Rose] tells the world that no one can judge us and no one can stop us…She is a woman of many talents. She is my friend.”
The Australian actress is in good company – previous winners include Sir Ian McKellen, Wanda Sykes, Laverne Cox, and Ellen DeGeneres.
“I’m just so blessed to have experienced both sides of this journey. To have searched endlessly for…someone I can relate to on TV – and then coming full circle and being in a show that I know has done the same thing for so many people.” Rose said while accepting the award. “I truly understand how important it is that we are not invisible. That young people everywhere can turn to the media and be included. Not treated like they do not or should not exist.”
Rose has been working to fight stereotypes since before OITNB. In 2014 she released a short film called Break Free about gender roles and trans identities.
“Through her visibility and outspoken advocacy, Ruby is breaking ground and inspiring dialogue that advances acceptance for people of all genders,” says GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
Another person who has won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award is director Todd Haynes whose film Carol won the GLAAD Award for outstanding film this year.
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