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A post shared by Ariana DeBose (@arianadebose)If there is anyone who embodies celebrating who you are, it’s Ariana DeBose. DeBose made history in March when she became the first openly queer woman of color to win an Academy Award. Upon accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake of West Side Story, she gave a touching speech that truly made our LGBTQ hearts sing:“Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus, look into her eyes: You see a queer, openly queer woman of color, an Afro Latina who found her strength in life through art.” DeBose said, as she held her golden statue.
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