Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda and Ron Nyswaner Honored At Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

Cyrus licked a piano that was then auction offed for $50,000.
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Honoree Miley Cyrus attends the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 7, 2015 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)
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Over the weekend, The Los Angeles LGBT Center honored Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda and Ron Nyswaner for their contributions and dedication to the LGBT community at its 46th Annual Vanguard Awards Gala,

Introduced by her 9 to 5 / Grace & Frankie co-star, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda spoke first.

None of us can rest on our victory laurels. We have to pay vigilant attention to each other’s movements and struggles. We have to learn from each other’s mistakes as well as victories. We have to support each other. We have the same opponents.

We’re in this together. And one thing that we can all do is to support the passage of an equal rights amendment the will ban discrimination based on gender, sexual preference and sexual identity once and for all.

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Next up was Ron Nyswaner, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia and this year’s Freeheld, who was introduced by his longtime friend Frances McDormand to accept the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award.

That’s what LGBT people have done for years. We’ve turned shame into art. We’ve turned fear into love. In the 1970s we were outlaws, and, by the way, it was exhilarating. As outlaws we created a powerful political movement. In the 1980s we were pariahs and we permanently change medical care research for the better. Not just for people with AIDS but for everyone.

We are remarkable people. We take pain and victimization and from them become triumphant trailblazers.

CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Honoree Ron Nyswaner accepts Vanguard Award onstage at the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 7, 2015 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)
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Nyswaner then spoke candidly about Freeheld, a film that did not turn out as he envisioned.

One of my recent gay-themed projects had a lot of potential. But the producers became fearful. The gay characters were idealized. Their edges were smoothed out. The conflict between them was softened. Over my vigorous objections, by the way, for the record.

Last up to speak was Miley Cyrus, introduced by her friend Linda Perry (who performed that night along with Alex Newell), speaking passionately about her commitment to LGBTQ youth.

There are more than 1.6 million runaway or homeless young people in the U.S. each year with 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ. And in just Hollywood where we are all sitting royally with all of our food in front of us and all of these fancy-ass clothes.

There are more than 6,100 homeless people under the age of 24 on the streets on any given day and more than one in four of these people have experienced hate crimes due to their race, sexual orientation or their gender identity.

attends the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 7, 2015 in Century City, California.
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