Here are the heartwarming LGBTQ moments from the Tony Awards

Here are the heartwarming LGBTQ moments from the Tony Awards

Here are the heartwarming LGBTQ moments from the Tony Awards

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Andrew said his character "represents the purest spirit of humanity and especially that of the LGBTQ community".

"I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work and I just want to say how proud I am to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality and to all of you artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note", Lindsay Mendez said.

Mr. Garfield was accepting the award for lead actor for "Angels in America", a play about AIDS and homosexuality set in 1980s America. The two-part production originally won two Tonys for Best Play: for part one, "Millennium Approaches" (1993), and part two, "Perestroika" (1994).

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But the most unforgettable words came from two-time Oscar victor Robert De Niro while introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen. And then he did it again. The Special Tony Award will be given to John Leguizamo and Bruce Springsteen. He also declared, "I'm an immigrant, and I'm not an animal" - referring to Trump's recent remarks that some people living in a country illegally or without legal permission are "animals".

Angels in America was also nominated in several other categories, including Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Play, and twice in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.

Shalhoub choked back tears as he honored his father who entered America at Ellis Island "just a few miles from here", while Stachel addressed, with apologies to his parents, the many times he avoided family gatherings because he had been ashamed.

Lastly, a group of theater students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Seasons of Love" from Rent as a tribute to the lives lost in the senseless shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Herzfeld spoke during the pre-show.

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