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No Wonder Kerry Washington’s Being Honored By GLAAD

No Wonder Kerry Washington’s Being Honored By GLAAD

By Zahra Barnes

Olivia Pope is undeniably awesome, but Kerry Washington is pretty kick-ass, too: GLAAD has just announced it's honoring the Scandal star with its Vanguard Award later this month.

"Throughout her illustrious career, Kerry Washington has consistently brought to life characters that encourage acceptance of LGBT people," said GLAAD's president Sarah Kate Ellis. "Her outspoken support for equality, both here at home and abroad, has sent messages of hope and empowerment to fans all over the world, fostering dialogue that builds understanding and helps moves hearts and minds.” Amen.

To celebrate her much-deserved award, we've rounded up Kerry's most inspiring quotes, which prove she's the perfect recipient of the Vanguard. Get ready to love her even more.

On the importance of diversity in television: “We all deserve to have our stories told. And we all have much to gain by walking in other people’s shoes. I don’t believe that there needs to be one story or one storyteller,” Kerry told Feministing.

On gay marriage: “If we start making it okay that certain people can marry and other people can’t, it’s a slippery slope of civil rights… I’m not interested in moving backward as a society,” she told BET in 2010.

On working for Shonda Rhimes, a 2012 GLAAD honoree: “… Shonda’s stories help us understand that people are people, regardless of age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation, and that we all deserve equal rights, the full rights of citizenship. Not just in ShondaLand, but in the world,” she said in a speech before presenting Rhimes with her Vanguard.

Kerry receives her award on March 23rd. We’re looking forward to her acceptance speech!