Evan Rachel Wood hon­oured for sup­port­ing the LGBT

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Amer­i­can ac­tor and mu­si­cian Evan Rachel Wood (above) has been hon­oured by the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign for her pub­lic sup­port of the gay and les­bian com­mu­nity.

Wood took home the Vis­i­bil­ity Award dur­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s gala din­ner in Char­lotte, North Carolina and used her ac­cep­tance speech to share her own strug­gle to ac­cept her sex­u­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Reporter. Not­ing that she feels a re­spon­si­bil­ity to shed light on is­sues faced by the LGBTQ (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, and queer) com­mu­nity, the West­world star said, “As an ac­tor, my job is to look at a stranger and find my­self in them — to con­nect the dots, to have such em­pa­thy for a char­ac­ter that I can read some­one else’s words and be moved to tears. Turn­ing em­pa­thy into vul­ner­a­bil­ity... and it wasn’t un­til I saw the ef­fect that it had on other peo­ple that I re­ally started to see how pow­er­ful re­ally al­low­ing your most vul­ner­a­ble parts to be seen was. I saw an­other side to what I did, and it was the power of vis­i­bil­ity.”

Wood also noted her at­trac­tion to both women and men from the age of 12 didn’t ini­tially seem strange or out of the or­di­nary. “I thought women were beau­ti­ful but be­cause I was born that way I never once stopped to think that was strange or any­thing to fear. I also thought that men were beau­ti­ful.”

The 29-year-old re­cently an­nounced her en­gage­ment to Zach Villa, her band­mate in mu­si­cal duo Rebel and a Bas­ket­case. She shares a son with her ex, ac­tor Jamie Bell, who she was mar­ried to from 2012 to 2014.

SHE RE­CEIVED THE VIS­I­BIL­ITY AWARD AT HU­MAN RIGHTS CAM­PAIGN’S GALA DIN­NER; SHARED HER OWN STRUG­GLE TO AC­CEPT HER SEX­U­AL­ITY

PHOTO:DANNY MOLOSHOK/ REUTERS

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