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Now more than ever, celebrities are using their platforms to spread awareness and spark the flame of taking action. The power of positivity was on display in full force at Friday night’s 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles. The ceremony showcases those who have made a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. And this year, Kerry Washington and Zendaya gave powerful speeches that evoked mini-revolutions amongst attendees.

Washington received the Inspiration Award. The Scandal star took to the stage and delivered words that echoed far and wide into our souls. She admitted feeling that our current political climate is “a communal nightmare,” and shared her worry that the Trump administration promotes more hate than good.

But Washington believes that today’s youth are fierce agents of change.

Like Washington, Zendaya — who received the Gamechanger Award — used her platform to highlight the student leaders in attendance who are trailblazing ways of change for not only the LGBTQ community, but all of us.

We aren’t playing either. And we love that these women are using their platform to push others to use their own.