Kerry Washington is making a statement at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Scandal actress, who is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for her role in HBO’s Confirmation, is showing her solidarity with minority groups by wearing a safety pin to Sunday’s award show.
“I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity,” Washington captioned a photo of a safety pin in her hand on Instagram. “We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings.”
In the wake of Donald Trump being elected president, the safety pin was adopted as a symbol to show that you are willing to stand-up for people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and other minority groups who are at risk of hate violence. Washington’s fashion choice is especially timely given the protests that broke out around the nation after President Trump’s controversial immigration ban went into effect.
Washington isn’t the first celebrity to wear the symbolic safety pin. Patrick Stewart, T.R. Knight, and Olivia Wilde have also shared photos of themselves sporting a safety pin on their clothes.