GLAAD’s highest honor presented to Laverne Cox at GLAAD Media Awards by Ellen Page
It was so nice to see Ellen Page show up at the GLAAD Media Awards last night and say one of the great things about being out is that she can pay tribute to those who inspire her.
One of those people in Laverne Cox.
Ellen presented the Orange is the New Black star with GLAAD’s highest honor calling the trans actress an ‘LGBT icon.’
LaVerne received The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.
LaVerne proclaimed herself ‘overwhelmed’ and explained that she is not used to getting awards and that trans people ‘are not programmed’ to think such things could happen to them.
But she believes that can change and praised the media advocacy organization for its efforts on behalf of the trans community.
‘I’m so moved by the work that GLAAD has been doing, particularly over the past year, to make sure that the “T” is not silent in the LGBT community,’ she said.
‘For years, I was trying to have a career as an actor doing what I love to do most and was told repeatedly that they didn’t know what to do with me, and that I would not work.’
LaVerne grew emotional when thanking her longtime agent then was surprised by her mother who walked onto the stage to present her with a bouquet of roses.
The actress returned to the microphone to thank her mother ‘for letting me stay in dance classes and letting me do what I love.’