Kerry Washington did not hold back as she was honored at the GLSEN Respect Award on Friday night.
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After being introduced by her Scandal co-star and on screen boo, Tony Goldwyn, Washington, who received the Inspiration Award, addressed our political climate since Trump has taken office.
“Sometimes I feel as if we are living through a horrific dream,” admitted Washington, who received the Inspiration Award. “It is a communal nightmare. The flames of terror and exclusion are being ignited by some of our most powerful leaders.
These people who have been entrusted with the protection of our rights, the rights of all of us, the rights of we the people, have chosen instead to traffic in hate. We’ve gone from a White House lit in all the colors of pride to a White House that literally preaches division and discrimination. And so sometimes I worry because the stakes are high and fear is rampant.”
Kerry then looked towards the youth in attendance and found hope for our future in them.
“You are our truest leaders. You point us out of this nightmare and towards that more perfect union. And with your leadership, tonight more than ever before, I know that we will get there.”
Also honored were Zendaya, and DC Entertainment.