KERRY WASHINGTON GIVES POWERFUL SPEECH AT 2017 GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS!

The stars stepped out in style for the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 20, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Honorees included Kerry Washington and Zendaya, both among those standing up proudly to advocate for the LGBTQ community. Washington, stunning in a Roberto Cavalli suit, picked up the Inspiration Award. The Scandal star then gave an impassioned and powerful speech in defense of a community she feels is coming under assault.

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“Sometimes I feel as if we are living through a horrific dream. It is a communal nightmare. The flames of terror and exclusion are being ignited by some of our most powerful leaders. These people who have been entrusted with the protection of our rights, the rights of all of us, the rights of we the people, have chosen instead to traffic in hate. We’ve gone from a White House lit in all the colors of pride to a White House that literally preaches division and discrimination. And so sometimes I worry because the stakes are high and fear is rampant.”

Washington added, “We need to make sure we don’t get in the way, but that we help them clear the way. You are our truest leaders. You point us out of this nightmare and towards that more perfect union. And with your leadership, tonight more than ever before, I know that we will get there.”

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