On Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, our favorite “Scandal” star Kerry Washington stood up for same-sex rights in a fiery speech that brought the crowd cheering to their feet.

Washington challenged black people who don’t support gay marriage to resist “messages of hate” saying (start at 4:33)

“We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others’ existence and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanized. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.”

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Learn more at http://glaad.org and support acceptance at http://glaad.org/donate

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