Emma Watson, Millie Bobby Brown & more wear their resistance at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Last night's 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards was a remarkable celebration of representation with many of the night's most memorable moments awarding characters and storylines often marginalized in mainstream media as voted on by online fans. In addition, award-winners like Emma Watson, Millie Bobby Brown, Trevor Noah, and more joined the Together movement at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in a stance of intersectional solidarity by wearing the ampersand (&).

You can find out more at glaad.org/together

The Together movement, initiated by GLAAD, resists the powers that seek to divide us and to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities who are under attack in the current social and political climate. The ampersand represents unity and support to these communities which include LGBTQ, Muslim, immigrant communities, communities of color, women, and all those who find themselves disenfranchised for being who they are, because no one is just one identity and all of us are under attack.

Emma Watson donned the symbol of togetherness on her belt on the red carpet as she became the first ever winner of MTV's gender-free "Best Actor in a Movie" award for her role as Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. Her award was presented by Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who is the first non-binary actor cast in a major TV series, and who opened the show with "Tonight we celebrate portrayals of the human experience, because the only distinction we should be making when it comes to awards is between each outstanding performance,”

Highlighting the essence of Together in her acceptance speech, Emma said of her award-winning role as Belle:

I think I am being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represents. The villagers in our fairy tale wanted to make Belle believe that the world is smaller than the way she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her—that her curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire for more in life were grounds for alienation. I loved playing someone who didn't listen to any of that. I'm so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does

 

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13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, who played Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things, wore the symbol front and center when she tearfully accepted for "Best Actor in a Show" joining Emma Watson as the first two actors to win gender-free awards. Millie's young co-stars, including Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, and Gaten Matarazzo, were also decked out in the "&" and went on to accept the award for "Show of the Year."

Millie, like Emma, also spoke of the importance of well-rounded characters and representation in her acceptance speech, when she called Eleven "a badass female iconic character that I've got the honor to play."

Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) participated in the Together movement bicoastally at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on Saturday when accepting with Angelica Ross (Claws, Her Story) for "Outstanding Talk Show Episode," and again at the MTV Movie & TV Awards as "Best Host."

From Amazon's groundbreaking and critically acclaimed, GLAAD Media Award-winning series Transparent, cast members Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Trace Lysette all wore their resistance with pride on the red carpet and at the show, sharing on social media. 

 

Got my GLAAD & Pin. Ready for the red carpet baby! #glaad #mtvtvandmovieawards #mtv #transparentamazon

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GLAAD first introduced the ampersand pin during a solidarity rally in New York at the historic Stonewall Inn in February. The symbol has been seen at the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the GLAAD Media Awards. This united show of inclusive solidarity has caught the eyes of leading media outlets, including Seventeen, The Wrap, Enterainment Tonight, Marie Claire, and more that deemed the wearable statements an integral fashion staple.

Vanity Fair said of the Together movement symbol:

"The GLAAD ampersand has also been a fashion staple during awards season, having previously been seen on Sting at the 2017 Oscars. The symbol was created to represent unity, “showing solidarity and speaking up to resist forces that try to divide,” GLAAD president and C.E.O. Sarah Kate Ellis told Variety. “This movement’s presence on television, social media, and in everyday life will help form an unyielding bond of unity that cannot be ignored.”

In addition to the pervasive ampersand, the spirit of togetherness was celebrated throughout the MTV Movie & TV Awards show. "Best Kiss" went to Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome from Moonlight, the widely-awarded and acclaimed coming of age story of queer Black men in Florida. Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of Black women whose contributions to the U.S. space program were invaluable but mostly erased from history and the cultural narrative at large, won "Best Fight Against the System." Daniel Kaluuya earned the "Next Generation" award for his lead role in Get Out, the cinematic thriller that explores racism and acts of violence against the Black community.

These are just a few of the many winners who amplified voices and stories found throughout the past year on TV & movies that have previously gone untold or uncelebrated, but importantly, accurately, and necessarily reflect back the world in which we live. These awards are also given based entirely on the voting of young people, who are not only increasingly identifying as LGBTQ and also understand that racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and geographic identities are instrinsically intersected with those of being LGBTQ. No one is just one identity. 

GLAAD thanks everyone who shows up and stands up in solidarity with marignalized communities and people, and who calls for togetherness by wearing the "&" on platforms such as MTV's stage, the GLAAD Awards, and living it in their own personal lives. Together, #WeResist. Together, we persist. Together, we prevail.

Join the the Together movement today at glaad.org/together.

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