Andrew Garfield dedicates Tony Award to LGBT community

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With this year's Washington Capitals triumphing Stanley Cup decided on June 8 and the GSW winning 2018 NBA Finals over on June 9, the Tony Awards were literally the biggest game in town last night - yet gained virtually no traction.

He said the spirit of the LGBT community is one that "says no to oppression".

"Angels in America" is "for anyone who has felt like they don't belong, who have felt ostracized by their culture, who have been told or indoctrinated by religion or by a society that somehow they were created wrong", Garfield adds.

"So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ who have fought and died to protect that spirit", he said. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, "Angels in America". "May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us", he said. "Not just the LGBTQ community - anyone who is not a straight, white male".

In his acceptance speech, he honored LGBTQ people. He was referring to last week's Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of religious objections.

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Other winners with Jewish connections include one Tony (for costume design) for the revival of Jewish songwriting team Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, Best Revival to Once on This Island (Jewish lyricist Lynn Ahrens), and two awards for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (including a Featured Actress win for Jewish actor Lindsay Mendez).

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