Ruby Rose Accepts Stephen F Kolzak ~ GLAAD Award

Ruby Rose has been recognized for her contribution to the LGBT community with one of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards after winning the top awards at the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards on Saturday, April 2nd.

Ruby won the Stephen F Kolzak award for a media professional who has made a “significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance for the community”.  Her award was presented by friend, Taylor Swift.

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Ruby Rose made a very personal and touching acceptance speech.  Rose talked about her childhood in Australia, telling the crowd she had struggled to find a role model as a young lesbian girl, and that for a large part of her life she “wanted to be invisible”.

“I felt there was so much wrong with me and there was so much weird about me,” she said, adding that while she was “out” from the age of 12, she “felt discomfort in anything feminine”.
“I practiced looking like a boy. Still do. I got appalled when I got breasts. Sometimes, still do. I spent a lot of time in a very vulnerable place with little to no support,” she said.
Rose said she had been “stalked, verbally abused and beaten until I was hospitalized” leading her to suicide attempts, before eventually finding solace in the library.
“I dreamt of being a famous singer or an actor who, through my work, could inspire others to be themselves or hang in there. I had no idea how I dreamt so big when I felt so small, but I know it got me through each day. I wanted to be the person I couldn’t find in my life.”
She added that the television series The L Word “probably saved her life”, when she could find characters she could relate to.

Watch Ruby’s Acceptance Speech