GLAAD will honor actress Ruby Rose at the 27th-Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 2, 2016.
Rose will receive GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. The award is named after a successful casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Chaz Bono, Robert Greenblatt, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Award-winning actress, Ruby Rose, has captured mainstream attention with her breakout role on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed hit show Orange Is the New Black. Rose’s character, inmate Stella Carlin, was introduced in the third season as a romantic interest for Piper, the series’ lead. Identifying as a lesbian and gender fluid, Rose has encouraged understanding of gender identities outside of the traditional binary. In 2014, she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film “Break Free,” a tribute to gender nonconforming people that became a viral hit, garnering more than 17 million views on YouTube.
Rose is an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, tirelessly voicing her support for marriage equality, standing against bullying, and advocating on behalf of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Rose is also a fervent supporter of youth mental health, women’s rights, and animal welfare.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised exclusively on Logo in a one-hour special premiering Monday, April 4 at 10PM ET/PT.