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'Wicked' Star Cynthia Erivo Opens Up About 'Claiming My Queerness In Public' In Powerful Speech

The actor reflected on the 'risk' of embracing her queerness in a public way while accepting the Rand Schrader Award at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Gala.

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Wicked and Broadway star Cynthia Erivo shared how publicly embracing her queerness has positively impacted her career. During her acceptance speech for the Rand Schrader Award at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Gala on May 18, Erivo spoke about the significance of claiming her identity.

The Rand Schrader Award, named after the pioneering L.A. gay rights activist, celebrates those whose influence inspires others to embrace their true selves. Presenter Jada Pinkett Smith emphasized this, saying the award honors individuals "whose star burns brightly enough so that others may dare to shine."

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