Ellen Page, who made headlines last month when she came out as a lesbian, has signed on to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to trans actress Laverne Cox at the GLAAD Media Awards next month.
This year’s ceremony marks the 25th year of the awards, and will see breakout Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox accept Stephen F. Kolzak Award, an award which goes to an LGBT professional for making a significant difference in promoting equality. Past recipients of the award include Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and Sir Ian McKellan.
In her speech at HRC’s Time To Thrive event, Page cited Cox as an inspiration and commended her for her courage to be herself.
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment.
“She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen.”
The GLAAD Awards will be held on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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