At the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 21, Scandal star Kerry Washington will be honored with the Vanguard Award.
"Throughout her illustrious career, Kerry Washington has consistently brought life to characters that encourage acceptance of LGBT people," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "Her outspoken support for equality, both her at home and abroad, has sent messages of hope and empowerment to fans all over the world, fostering dialogue that builds understanding and helps move hearts and minds."
In addition to working on an LGBT-inclusive show like Scandal, Washington has tirelessly supported LGBT equality. She has participated in GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day, by wearing purple to show her support for LGBT youth, and talked about the importance of stopping bullying on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Washington has also spoken out against the repression of LGBT people in Russia and Africa, and advocated for marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Washington was also appointed by President Barrack Obama to the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and in 2014 Washington was named on Time's 100 Most Influential People list.
Who will be presenting Ms. Washington with the esteemed Vanguard Award? One of our favorite people: Ellen! The talk show host and TV personality received the same honor at the 9th GLAAD Media Awards ceremony, and has been nominated for 12 GLAAD Media Awards total. Not too shabby.
We can't wait for these two LGBT supporters and influencers to hug it out on stage.