Kerry Washington’s 2015 GLAAD Speech Will Surely Inspire Anyone [Watch]

Kerry Washington is a minority in more ways than one as a woman of color. The actress received several standing ovations during her acceptance speech at the awards show, and her words can inspire all of us.

She recently accepted the Vanguard award from the GLAAD association, which is the honor given to people who media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality.

Washington begins the speech by discussing the fact that she is an ally and encourages those listening to her speech to be allies for others. In our ever-changing society, she also notes that being unique is the norm and that people should not have to feel embarrassed or judged for who they are.

Kerry Washington has become most known for her role as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama Scandal. The show features her as a woman who is a tough and ruthless lawyer in Washington DC, a prime example of women’s roles beginning to change for the better in the media.

In addition to Scandal, she has been seen in major films such as Django Unchained, Ray and The Last King Of Scotland. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role on the show in 2014.

She continued her speech by talking about how we have become to judge and compete with each other and how that needs to stop. It is a compelling and inspiring speech that can speak to anyone, and a message that everyone needs to pay attention and listen to.

Kerry Washington follows Jennifer Lopez, who won the same award last year, and previous winners include Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Aniston and Elizabeth Taylor. The awards aired on Saturday, March 21st and were broadcast from Beverly Hills at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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