Amandla Stenberg will be receiving the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
In 2016, Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg came out as queer, and then last year they came out as gay. In an interview with Wonderland, Stenberg said: “I’m grateful for how being gay has afforded me this ability to experience and understand love and sex, and therefore life, in an expansive and infinite way.
“The continual process of unlearning heteronormativity and internalized homophobia can be difficult, but one of the biggest blessings lies in the magic that comes from having to understand love outside the confines of learned heterosexual roles.”
Since then, Stenberg has fought for LGBTQ equality, and now the HRC are rewarding them with the Visibility Award. Chad Griffin, the president of the HRC said: “Amandla Stenberg is captivating audiences with her incredible talent while using her public platform to spark conversations on the importance of intersectionality and advancing fairness and equality for all.
“An out and proud member of the LGBTQ community, Amandla is a passionate, bold and compelling voice in the fight for LGBTQ equality.
“HRC is proud to honor Amandla Stenberg with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2019 HRC Greater New York Gala.”
The HRC added they were praising Stenberg for their “crusade towards sparking thoughtful conversation using social media as a platform to spread awareness and knowledge on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, biracial identity, sexual identity, equality, LGBTQIA acceptance, gender and beauty standards to name a few.”
And Stenberg won’t be the only person honoured at the event, as theatre owner Jordan Roth will be as well. Griffin said: “For years, Jordan Roth has expertly shaped Broadway musicals and plays in a way that stirs imaginations and speaks to the heart of the human experience.
“Jordan has harnessed the power of storytelling and changed countless hearts and minds in support of LGBTQ equality and for all people to live open and authentic lives.”
The HRC will award Stenberg with their award on February 2, at their 2019 Greater New York Gala.