Troye Sivan delivered a compelling speech at the GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night (April 1) in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. In his remarks, Sivan thanked the LGBTQ media advocacy organization for the award, but dedicated it to the LGBTQ activists who paved the way for today's advocates -- including Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Bayard Rustin and Gilbert Baker.
"This award is so much larger than me," Sivan said in his acceptance speech. "This moment is about visibility and about representation. What and who we see in the media defines our perception of the world around us, and so to see ourselves in this picture of what is ‘normal’ and what is acceptable and what is beautiful is absolutely vital. In saying that, so much of the work that has contributed to our progress as a community is far less glamorous than the work that I’m being honored for tonight."