This Actress Gave A Speech Reminding Everyone Why Queer Representation Matters

“For my community.”

1. This is Canadian actress Natasha Negovanlis.


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

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4. 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.

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




“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.”

7. 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 💕

— Jess (@jessgromada)

8. 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 be❤️💛💚💙💜

— La Vie Bohème (@closet_case_)

9. 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.

— chlo (@smoothxsundance)

10. 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

— Michelle Walsh (@tophsmash)

11. Watch Negovanlis’ full speech here.

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