Producer/director Ryan Murphy was honoured with VH1’s Trailblazer Award this week Murphy, and the man behind TV shows and movies including The Normal Heart, Glee, American Crime Story: Versace, Pose, and American Horror Story, talked about his struggles in the business over the years as a gay man, and how he stuck to his guns and kept going:
“When I was first starting out in this business in the late 1990s, it was not easy for me. I was told not to follow my instinct, to be someone else. I was told I was too weird, I was too faggy, I was too unusual. My mannerisms and my voice were mocked by executives in note meetings…But honestly, it was very painful to be discriminated against because what I wanted to do with my life, with my career, was very simple. And that was to see myself and my experiences on television.”
Check out his full, inspiring, speech above!