Troye Sivan is more than just your Blue Neighborhood, windows-down, sunset-drive jam. According to GLAAD, his record and tour sales have benefited homeless LGBTQ youth and various LGBTQ support organizations across the country, his concerts have aimed to create safe spaces with gender-neutral bathrooms, and the singer-songwriter himself regularly speaks out about LGBTQ history and in support of issues facing young, queer people.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) February 15, 2017
At the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will take place on Saturday, April 1, Troye will be recognized for all of his excellence. He'll become the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which in the past has gone to LGBTQ trailblazers like historian Lillian Faderman, American Beauty and True Blood writer Alan Ball, and veritable theatrical monument Sir Ian McKellen.
“Troye Sivan embodies a generation of LGBTQ youth who are unapologetic, outspoken, and proud to be who they are,” Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO, said in a statement. “He has quickly become a leading voice of his generation and sends a message of hope and empowerment with every song, music video, and social post.”
let 2017 be filled with love and all that u dream of
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) January 1, 2017
The award celebrates "an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance," and carries on the memory of Kolzak, "a legendary casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as people living with HIV," according to GLAAD. The director chose the cast of Cheers, Who's the Boss, The Facts of Life, Married with Children, and many other big-title television series.
We're thrilled that Troye is being included in such illustrious company, and we look forward to seeing what the young artist, advocate, and activist does in the future!