Anne Hathaway denounces white, straight and cisgender privilege in award speech

Anne Hathaway denounces white, straight and cisgender privilege in award speech
Anne Hathaway (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – In the speech she references, Biden called Trump supporters the ‘dregs of society.’]

Actress Anne Hathaway told an audience Saturday night that she’s been frightened by the hatred of LGBT people that bigots spew — but a speech by former Vice President Joe Biden went a long way to restoring her faith.

“I really needed this,” Hathaway said as she accepted the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner.

“I think I’m probably walking around like most people right now. I’m pretty shell-shocked by what I see every day, what I hear every day. And I really don’t like to admit this, but I get scared.”

Hathaway said she felt better after hearing speeches from Biden and HRC president Chad Griffin, who spoke earlier in the evening.

“You guys just gave me my heart back,” Hathaway gushed.

Then, speaking to the ladies, gentlemen and “gentlethem” in the crowd, Hathaway denounced white, straight and cisgender privilege.

“It is important to acknowledge with the exception of being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely accepted myth,” she said.

“That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness.”

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