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: