Is it just us, or do Sunday nights feel a little emptier without the high-powered ladies of The L Word: Generation Q?
GLSEN, one of America’s leading LGBTQ advocacy groups, agrees: The group has honored Jennifer Beals, an OG L Word star and an executive producer on Showtime’s reboot of the beloved series, with its Champion Award for her support of the LGBTQ community as an ally.
In a video for GLSEN, members of The L Word fam—including creator Ilene Chaiken and actresses Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey—praised Beals for her contributions to the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality.
The 56-year-old actress also filmed an acceptance speech thanking GLSEN for the honor.
“One of the main reasons we wanted to bring back The L Word in its new iteration… is to tell the stories of a new generation because narratives matter,” Beals said. “A few years after The L Word went off the air, we became aware of a new group of LGBTQ voices. … And that was and is incredibly exciting for me.”
Queer fans know Beals best as Bette Porter, her L Word alter ego, but her body of work is expansive both onscreen and off-screen. Trips to The Planet aside, Beals has worked with Chaiken for years and will continue to do so with the forthcoming television adaptation of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s critically acclaimed (and very queer) 2019 novel of the same name.
Watch the Beals’ heartfelt acceptance speech—and tributes from her out colleagues—in the video below.
Main image: Beals (L) with her co-star Kate Moennig at the 2019 premiere of The L Word: Generation Q.