Watch Troye Sivan's Inspiring GLAAD Award Acceptance Speech

Watch Troye Sivan's Inspiring GLAAD Award Acceptance Speech

The 21-year-old singer gets the night's biggest award and offers a message of hope.

The 21-year-old singer gets the night's biggest award and offers a message of hope.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Last Saturday, April 1, Troye Sivan accepted the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the annual GLAAD Awards, making him the youngest recipient of the honor. The award, which recognizes LGBT artists making a significant difference in spreading equality and acceptance, was presented by songwriter Justin Tranter and singer Carly Rae Jepson.

During his acceptance speech, Sivan referenced How to Survive a Plague, a 2012 documentary about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. On it, he said, "Within the characters in the doc, I saw myself; and I saw my friends; and I saw my colleagues; and I saw my boyfriend. These kids were young, smart, active fighters. I saw that wit, that humor, that resilience that I’ve grown to love so much about my community."

Sivan joins past winners Ruby Rose, Roland Emmerich, Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, and more.

Watch the full GLAAD Awards this Thursday, April 6, at 10 PM ET on Logo.

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