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Ruby Rose to be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards

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The Orange Is the New Black star will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award for making a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. 

Best known as Stella, Piper's seductive love interest, on Orange Is the New Black, Ruby Rose will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

The Australian-born actress identifies as lesbian and gender fluid. In 2014, she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender nonconforming people. She later spoke about her struggle with gender identity in an interview with the Guardian:

"I have a lot of trans friends, and I've seen them go through the surgeries. I saw the desperation that they had. I remember thinking, 'Do I have that? Do I really need to go and put myself through that?' And I thought, 'No, I don't.' I really sit in a more neutral place, which I'm grateful for as well... I just wish that there was more support for them. Because it's an elective surgery it costs an arm and a leg--I did a lot of research into it. It's not a priority, but it should be."

Rose also has long list of upcoming films: XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and John Wick: Chapter Two with Keanu Reeves. So it's no wonder GLAAD is giving her some love.

Set to premiere Monday, April 4 at 10PM ET/PT, the GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on LOGO for the first time in nearly a decade. Demi Lovato will also be honored at the event, receiving the Vanguard Award.

In anticipation for the ceremony, watch Rose's heartwarming Break Free below:

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