Troye Sivan Honors Gilbert Baker, Sylvia Rivera In Poignant GLAAD Awards Speech

"I’d like to share it with the warriors who made it possible, but maybe didn’t get one for themselves."

Troye Sivan became the youngest ever recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, and used his time on the stage to honor trailblazing activists who helped pave the way for our community.

The singer dedicated his award to one of his personal heroes, Peter Staley, a driving force in early AIDS activism and founder of the Treatment Action Group. Sivan also paid tribute to other figures in the fight for LGBT equality, including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, who passed away on Friday.

“It was their activism and sacrifice that paved the way for all of us to be here tonight,” said Sivan. “While I am so thankful and fortunate to have this moment, I’d like to share it with the warriors who made it possible, but maybe didn’t get one for themselves.”

The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to LGBT media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and lives, something GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis says describes Sivan perfectly.

“Troye Sivan embodies a generation of LGBTQ youth who are unapologetic, outspoken and proud to be who they are. He has quickly become a leading voice of his generation and sends a message of hope and empowerment with every song, music video and social post.”

The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10/9c.

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