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[Meryl Streep:] Source:
I come every year. […] Paul Grossman. This man is writing visual history of our time. […] Thank you very much.

I do like football. I want to make this clear. I gave seven years, seven of my youngest, prettiest years to being a cheerleader for football, basketball and wrestling.

I have watched more Pee Wee football, Pop Warner football, JV and varsity high school football, JV and varsity college football and professional football in 60 years than anybody here.

But if you hear a woman in a restaurant and say, My son is very interested in the arts, she’s not talking about football or mixed martial arts.

They are just not the same thing. Look, some of us like football, some of us like the arts, many of us want both in our lives.

It isn’t helpful to make it us vs them.

I was making a joke.

And Mike Nichols once told me, “If you have to explain a joke, you, and the joke, are doomed.

I honestly can’t imagine what I would have done to deserve this great honor.

In The Hours, all I did was kiss Allison Janney, and take, take –


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I am fairly proud of my jolly portrayal of a gay-conversion therapist on Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy — I feel our vice president might want to check out those episodes, because as my character’s views seem to be in line with his own, although it too involves comedy, so I don’t know.

And I want to thank [HRC president] Chad [Griffin] and everyone at the Human Rights Campaign for this moving and meaningful honor, which I dedicate to my gay and trans teachers, colleagues, mentors, directors, friends, all of whom should take the credit for me being up here because they taught me from a very young age, and they continue to remind me every day, of the very best lesson: to be myself and love, take joy in my work and in my life.

I am grateful to this incredible organization Human Rights Campaign, for what you have done, in such a smart, systematic and strategic way, to secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans.

Much of the advances in acceptance, and advocacy and law have come straight from the work of this organization, (although I’m not sure how straight it was) and you have made the lives of people I love better, stronger and safer. Thank you for that.

When I was a young girl growing up in middle-class New Jersey, my entire artistic life was curated by people who lived in the straightjacket of very conformist suburban life. Source:

In the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, in all the houses my neighborhood were the same size, in the developments they even were the same shape, color and style, and in school their job was to put pennies in your loafers and look the same as everybody else and act the same as everybody else.

Standing out, being different was like drawing a target on your forehead.

And you had to have a special kind of courage to do it.

Some of my teachers were obliged to live their whole lives hidden, covertly.

But my sixth- and 7-grade music teacher, Paul Grossman, was one of the bravest people which I knew. Later, when I was in graduate school, I read that he had transitioned and become one of the first transgender women in the country.

And after the operation, she reported back, as Paula Grossman, to our middle school in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she had taught for over 30 years, and she was promptly fired. But she pursued her case for wrongful dismissal and back pay through the courts for seven years, all the way to the Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, her case was not accepted, and she lost, but she won her pension under a ‘disability’ allowance.

Although she was disabled only by the small minds of her school board.

She was a garrulous, cantankerous, she was a terrific teacher, and she never taught again; but her case did set the stage for many discrimination cases that followed.

She and her wife raised their three kids. She worked as a town planner and had an act playing piano and singing in cocktail lounges around New Jersey.

But I remember her as Mr. Grossman, and I remember when he took us to a field trip to the Statue of Liberty in 1961.

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And our whole class stood at the feet of that beautiful woman and sang a song he had taught us, that was taken from the – the lyrics were taken from the poem by Emma Lazarus engraved at the base of the monument.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

I can’t remember what I did Tuesday, but I remember the song.

I remember that song, Mr. Grossman chose to teach us; it stirred my 11-year-old heart then, and it animates my conscience today. That’s what great teachers do.

She died in 2003, God rest her soul. Source:

My piano teacher, George Vauss, he was about 80 years old in 1965, he (he was probably 40 but I just – )

He lived in a little house in the woods in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, with his lover, Phil (his lover, my mother said, his lover for 50 years). And his house was not like the other houses, it was a magical place, filled with birds and exotica and collectibles from Central and South America gathered on trips.

I am not going to introduce you to all my gay teachers, just some of the most influential personalities in my past […].

[Meryl Streep:] Source:
The good thing – there is a good thing about being older – there is – you’ll see – and that is you do get to mark the decades and the progress of things – you can honestly say: Things are better now. They really are better now.

But what is that famous quote? “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance?”

Everybody thinks that was Jefferson that said that, but it wasn’t – it was an Irishman, John Philpot Curran, don’t you know

“The eternal vigilance is the price of liberty?”

And he also said –

I just – I mean – can’t – great [words], you know.

“Evil prospers when good men do nothing.”

Ain’t that the truth.

Okay, here’s my theory, I’m going to go very fast, so you have to stay with me, ok.

Human life has been organized in a certain way, the hierarchies set, who’s in charge, who makes the laws who enforces them, pretty much the same way for 40,000 years. Yes, I know, I know, there were some small number of matrilineal cultures, and some outliers who were more tolerant to difference, it is very true, but pretty much and the so called democracies – the great democracy […] where women and slaves were excluded.

Pretty much through our history, might made right. And the biggest and richest and baddest were the best, and “The Man”, pretty much always was, a man.

But suddenly, at one point in the 20th century, for reasons that I can’t possibly enumerate in the two remaining minutes, something did change, the clouds parted.

And women began to be regarded as, if not equal, at least deserving of equal rights.

Men and women of color demanded their equal rights.

People of sexual orientation and gender identification outside the status quo also demanded equal regard under the law.

So it’s equal disabilities.

We all want rights that had already been granted to us in the Constitution – 200 years before in theory. But the courts and society finally caught up and recognized our claims.

And amazingly, and, in terms of human history, blazingly fast, culture seemed to have shifted; all the old hierarchies and entitlements seemed to be on shaky ground.

Which brings us to now. We shouldn’t be surprised that fundamentalists, of all stripes everywhere, are exercised, and fuming. We shouldn’t be surprised that these profound changes come at a much steeper cost than it seems would lie true in the 20th century. We shouldn’t be surprised. If not everyone is totally down with it.

If we live – if we live through this precarious moment, if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank this president for because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is.

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His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government.

To how we have relied on the goodwill and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office.

And how quaint notions of custom, honor and duty compelled them to adhere to certain practices of transparency and responsibility.

To how easily all this can be ignored.

And how the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people and the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The whip of the executive can through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and all the imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.

So here we are in 2017 and our browsers seems to have gone down. And we’re in danger of losing all our information and we seem to be reverting to the factory settings. But we’re not, we’re not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and repression and hiding who we are.

Because we – we owe it to the people who have died for our rights, and who have died before they even got their own.

And we owe it to the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement, like Paula Grossman, and to the people on the front lines of all civil rights movements, not to let them down.

I am the most overrated and most over-decorated and currently – currently – I am the most over-berated actress who likes football of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?

The weight, the weight of all my honors is part of what brings me here to the podium. It – it compels me, it’s against every one of my natural instincts which is to stay the fuck home.

It compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven’t been written for me, but that come from my life from my conviction and that I have to stand by.

I don’t want to be here, I want to be home and I want to read and garden and load the dishwasher.

It’s embarrassing and it’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead. And it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirt bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is to feel you have to. You have to. You don’t have an option. You have to. Stand up. Speak up. Act up.


When I load my dishwasher where I live in New York City, I can look out my window and I see the Statue of Liberty and she reminds me of – [..] and the first trip there, and were my great-grandparents who came through and past by that [..] – many of them fled religious – religious intolerance in the old world and we Americans have the right the imposition of unwanted religious practice in our lives – we have the right to live our lives with God or without Her, as we choose.

There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love, and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies.

As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, LGBTQ. All of us have the human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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If you think people were mad when they came – they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until you see when they try to take away our happiness.

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