When bisexual Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood received the Human Rights Campaign's LGBTQ
Visiblity Award she gave a truly magnificent speech.
The actress and singer spoke from the heart about her own
experience of growing up attracted to women and men. She described
the first time she heard the word "bisexual".
"A light bulb went off. The word didn't make me feel
marginalised. It made me feel less crazy. It made me feel less
alone. It gave me hope."
She quoted such greats as civil rights icon Audre Lorde and
singer Nina Simone and explained the importance of LGBTQ
"Because of the voices I listened to, because of the people I
identified with, the films I had watched, the music I had heard -
because of words like 'bisexual' and the doors that it opened - I'm
Evan was open about the struggles she had overcome, which affect
many people in the bisexual community; "suicide, addiction, sexual
harrassment, rape and intimate partner violence".
In her closing remarks she paraphrased an inspiring quote from
"To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best to
make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever
going to fight. Never stop fighting."
Evan Rachel Wood is awesome.
Scroll down to watch her speech in full now.
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