Actress Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Ocean's 8) was recognized at the 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign for being a voice of equality for the LGBTQ community.
Giving her speech, Hathaway held back tears while denouncing white, straight and cisgender privilege. In part she said:
That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness.
I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it.
Let's tear this world apart and build a better one.
nothing but respect for my lgbtq+ icon and human rights activist, anne hathaway A.K.A. MY QUEEN OF GENOVIA https://t.co/Gc16FlKHOC— jan. 🕊 (@jan. 🕊)1537083563.0
Anne Hathaway had a message for a 10-year-old transgender girl named Ella who wrote Anne a letter. Ella named herse… https://t.co/XsEtPneYSZ— Sarah McBride (@Sarah McBride)1537147792.0
HRC President Chad Griffin said of Hathaway:
From speaking out against discriminatory legislation targeting the LGBTQ community to her leadership on workplace equality for women, Anne is making a real difference in the lives of countless people around the globe.
Twitter couldn't agree more.
@oceansbullock @AaronLahna Intelligent, beautiful, kind queen— Joe Organa (@Joe Organa)1537127593.0
@AlexZone @oceansbullock She literally has my whole heart— NICK FLOCKA FLAME (@NICK FLOCKA FLAME)1537155872.0
@oceansbullock @samsgh_ I’ve cried so much to this.. I just can’t— Jorge♎️ (@Jorge♎️)1537154707.0
@oceansbullock https://t.co/3sNzjGNqcn— alana (@alana)1537121698.0
@oceansbullock Literally thought I was watching a scene from Princess Diaries 2 or sm🙈... You go girl! 🙌🏾✊🏾💕— Anna (@Anna)1537129990.0
@oceansbullock The Queen taught her well https://t.co/nLeYmOhBf7— rosechocglam (@rosechocglam)1537125460.0
@SarahEMcBride Ugh this is so sweet thanks Anne Hathaway and Ella— 𝕋𝕒𝕝 - Earpiest Pamela Earp (@𝕋𝕒𝕝 - Earpiest Pamela Earp)1537156058.0
@SarahEMcBride @G1rl_From_Mars I love her!— Amy Rose 🦄 (@Amy Rose 🦄)1537181283.0
In 2008, Anne told a crowd of HRC members and supporters:
I don't consider myself just an ally to the LGBT community, I consider myself your family. And so, I'm doing what we should all do with our families — I'm loving you, I support you, I completely accept you as you are, as I hope you do me, and if anyone ever tries to hurt you, I'm going to give them hell.
You can read the full speech below.