America Ferrera Delivers Powerful, Heartfelt Speech At HRC Gala
Actress America Ferrera, known well for playing the title role on the hit television series Ugly Betty, was bestowed with the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award at a gala dinner held in Los Angeles, this past Saturday.
In her acceptance speech, 32-year-old Ferrera said:
"We know that representation matters. We know this. Not just in the media but in schools, hospitals, board rooms, halls of power. We know that it makes all the difference to see ourselves reflected by culture with dignity, with humor, with compassion.
"It is how most of us learn what is possible for us, what our place in the world is. Too often we have to spend so many years unlearning what culture has taught us about who we are or ought to be, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can change that. Every single one of us we can leave the next generation with a better reflection of their innate worth and their inherent power simply by claiming and living in our own power."
"Anything I've ever done on behalf of the LGBTQ community, I did in service to myself.
"Anything I ever did for the rights of this community I did because I believe — with every fiber of my being — that my liberation is bound up in the liberation of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and in the liberation of my black brothers and sisters, and in the liberation of immigrants, and refugees, and Muslims, and sikhs, and women all over the world, and the incarcerated, and the criminalized, and the uneducated, and the poor, and the hungry, and, and, and, and, and..."