Ruby Rose to Be Honored With GLAAD Award

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The 'Orange Is the New Black' actress will receive the watchdog group's Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

GLAAD is set to honor Ruby Rose.

The Orange Is the New Black actress has been tapped to receive the watchdog group's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

The prize takes its name from the casting director who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive individuals.

Previous recipients have included Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Chaz Bono, Robert Greenblatt, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen.

Rose broke out in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black in which she plays inmate Stella Carlin. Identifying as a lesbian and gender fluid, Rose has encouraged understanding of gender identities outside the traditional binary. In 2014, she wrote, produced and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender-nonconforming people that became a viral hit, garnering more than 17 million views on YouTube.

She is an advocate for the LGBT community and has supported marriage equality, stood against bullying and advocated on behalf of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Rose is also a fervent supporter of youth mental health, women's rights and animal welfare. She'll next star in Paramount Pictures' XXX: The Return of Xander Cage.

Rose joins Demi Lovato, who will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, during the group's L.A. ceremony on April 2. The event will be televised on Logo in a one-hour special on Monday, April 4 at 10 p.m.

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