Aisha Tyler's Powerful Speech Will Make You Smile & Cry

by Zach Seemayer 4:06 PM PDT, June 14, 2015
Playing Aisha Tyler's Powerful Speech Will Make You Smile & Cry

Comedian Aisha Tyler was honored on Thursday at the West Coast Liberty Awards, where the Archer star, and co-host of The Talk, gave one of the most touching and heartfelt speeches ever.

The awards served as the annual fundraising gala for Lambda Legal, one of the oldest legal organizations dedicated to expanding and protecting the LGBT community's civil rights.

It's a subject and organization Tyler has vocally supported for some time, and the evening's celebration brought the comedian to tears as she addressed the audience.

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You can read Tyler's Celebrity in the Spotlight Liberty Award acceptance speech below:

"I am here because I believe in love, in all its magical and transformative forms. I believe in freedom. The freedom to be the architect of our own destinies. The uniquely American principle that we all deserve to pursue happiness, in our own specific and personal way. I believe in bravery. The bravery to live one’s truth, no matter how terrifying, no matter how vilified. The bravery to choose how we will define ourselves, and to never let others do it for us. I believe in strength, the strength to fight for what is right, for oneself, and for others, even when one doesn’t feel particularly strong or particularly brave. I believe in the slow, unstoppable, inevitable march to freedom. The march we are all making, together, hand in hand, climbing upon the backs of so many others who have come before, who have fought, and screamed, and cried, and died, so that we can all be here tonight on the precipice of an extraordinary moment in our history — a moment when people around the world are still fighting, and voting, and crying, and dying to make sure that all human beings live with dignity, respect, and the most basic of human rights, liberty. We have all fought so that people of color, and women, and interracial couples, and gays and so many others can live a life free from enslavement, coercion, restriction, or judgement. A life filled with freedom, filled with choice, filled with possibility, filled with love. I believe in love. I believe it is worth fighting for. This is what I am fighting for. This is what we are all fighting for. Thank you Lambda for this honor, but respectfully, it’s not for me. It’s for everyone of us. Never stop believing. Never stop working. Never stop fighting. Thank you."

The gala, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif., also honored the Amazon original series Transparent, as well as the show's creator Jill Soloway. The Goldbergs' Wendi McLendon-Covey hosted the star-studded evening.

Check out the video to see Tyler give her emotional speech.