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This Actress Gave A Speech Reminding Everyone Why Queer Representation Matters

"For my community."

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This is Canadian actress Natasha Negovanlis.

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While she may be unknown to you, she's very much known to the young, queer fans of a titular role as a broody lesbian vampire in the web series Carmilla.

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And as Cassie in the queer, Canadian indie film Almost Adults.

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It's because of Negovanlis fans that she took home the Fan's Choice Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday.

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Those fans were the first people she thanked in her acceptance speech. But she also gave a shoutout to queer representation.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to provide more positive on-screen representation for the queer community."

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😭 🌈

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"This isn't for me, I think this is for all of my fans who feel like they don’t belong, or feel like an outsider."

And people loved it.

@natvanlis it's really cool to see a public figure be so proud to represent/be part of the queer community at such a big event. THANK YOU πŸ’•

This is why queer representation matters.

@natvanlis Our award winning actress! Thank you for giving us queer, nerds a voice and inspiring us everyday to be who we want to beβ€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

And why it's so powerful to see queer women like Negovanlis speaking out.

- queer actress playing queer character - mentions need for rep in speech - dedicates award to fans who feel alone @natvanlis, did that.

Don't mind me, just wiping a lil' tear.

Im so unbelievably happy for @natvanlis and the whole queer community for not letting Canada miss how much she means to us #cndscreenawards

Watch Negovanlis' full speech here.

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