By Kevin Hardy
Aussie actress and model Ruby Rose has said she’s “speechless” after finding out she’ll be honoured with a prestigious GLAAD award.
The 29-year-old Orange is the New Black actress will receive the influential gay and lesbian lobby group’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, awarded to a person who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance, and raising awareness about the discrimination faced by LBGT and HIV-positive people.
“Ruby Rose is captivating audiences across the world, using her voice to transform conversations about gender and inclusion,” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said.
“Through her visibility and outspoken advocacy, she is breaking ground and inspiring dialogue that advances acceptance for people of all genders.”
Ruby, who identifies as gender-fluid, believes the mainstream media should showcase gender diversity to empower young people to express who they want to be.
“The more we make being gender-fluid mainstream, the more a younger generation can be whomever they want to be. It’s freeing,” she recently said.
“In fact, I’ve always been bit of a tomboy, and have long known that I’m gender-fluid.”
In 2014 Ruby wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender non-conforming people. The film became a viral hit, garnering more than 17 million views on YouTube.