Taylor Swift took the stage during the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday to honor Ruby Rose with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to an LGBT media professional who made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.
“She is an actor, a model, and an incredible DJ, and in 2104 she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender non-conforming people,” Swift said. “She breaks down barriers and opens up opportunities for all people, but most importantly LGBT people all over the world.”
“Thank you [Taylor Swift] thank you [GLAAD],” Rose wrote on Instagram following her acceptance speech, “thank you to everyone who came out to be part of an amazing night. I feel truly blessed and humbled. I’m going to go cry and hold my pillow like a teddy now because I feel like I’m dreaming.”
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Swift also posted a photo to Instagram of her and Rose kissing singer Troye Sivan. “My first GLAAD Awards!! So happy to present [Rose] with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award (and watch her make a touching, funny, and poignant speech) then we run into [Sivan]?!?!” she wrote.
—Reporting by Reagan Alexander