Ronan Farrow just revealed that he’s part of the LGBT community in a beautiful speech

In October 2017, a flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein catapulted the #MeToo movement into the national spotlight. One of the reporters who helped expose Weinstein’s predatory behavior was Ronan Farrow, who published the accounts of several women in a New Yorker feature. On April 9th, Farrow was honored for his groundbreaking reporting, and he used his speech to not only discuss sexual assault, but his status as a member of the LGBT community.

At the annual gala for the Point Foundation, which gives scholarships to LGBTQ teens, Farrow was presented with the Courage Award. He received the honor not only for his contributions to the #MeToo movement, but also for his reporting on transgender issues for NBC. And the journalist used his acceptance speech to affirm his place in the LGBT community and thank the community for giving him strength.

"Being a part of the LGBT community, which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible — that has been an incredible source of strength for me," Farrow said in his acceptance speech.

MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts, who is a former Point honoree, presented Farrow with the award. After receiving the honor, Farrow shared some more powerful words about the LGBT community’s willingness to stand up for those who are most vulnerable.

"LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there," he said.


Farrow, who is the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has long used his reporting to speak out against sexual assault — even when his own father was accused. In a 2016 guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow defended his sister Dylan’s allegations against their father, while acknowledging the backlash that she had faced for telling her story.

With his culture of abuse-shattering reporting, Farrow has helped give the vulnerable a voice. We are excited to see him honored by the Point Foundation, and we applaud him for embracing his identity.

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