The annual GLAAD Media Awards took place in New York on Saturday, honouring members of the media for providing fair and accurate representations of the LGBTQ community.
Among this year’s winners was Halsey, who was honoured with the Outstanding Music Artist Award. Because she’s currently in Europe, the openly bisexual performer accepted her award via video.
“Thank you for giving me the strength and courage every day to be myself. I can only hope that I do the same for you,” she said in her video.
“I spent the past year and the year before that working really hard to be a better representative of the LGBT community,” she added.
“I’m a young, bisexual woman, and I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself — to my friends, to my family, to myself — trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase. It’s not part of some confusion that’s going to change or could be manipulated,” she said.
“So I tried really hard to find the courage this year to write female pronouns into my music,” she continued.
In her moving speech, Halsey, 23, also shone the spotlight on the shocking statistic that an estimated 40 per cent of homeless youth in the U.S. are LGBTQ.
“I beg you to go home and check out your local homeless youth services and see if they offer anything targeted towards the LGBTQ youth,” she said. “See how you can get involved.”
You can watch Halsey’s speech in its entirety above.