The 2017 VMAs have come and gone, but our hearts have not forgotten. A day later, people still can鈥檛 stop talking about Taylor Swift鈥檚 new video for 鈥淟ook What You Made Me Do鈥 (not to mention all the Swift clones that the video contains), who wore what on the VMAs red carpet, and the happy 2017 VMAs nominees and winners that got to take home Moon Person statuettes.

But there鈥檚 one viral moment from last night鈥檚 awards that people won鈥檛 soon forget. This unexpectedly powerful moment was Pink鈥檚 Vanguard Award acceptance speech, and it has the potential to positively affect society for years to come.

In that speech, Pink addressed both the audience and her six-year-old daughter, Willow (who was wearing a suit that matched the ones worn by her mom and dad on the VMAs red carpet) by sharing a story that happened last week while she was driving Willow to school.

Pink said Willow told her, 鈥淚鈥檓 the ugliest girl I know鈥 and 鈥淚 look like a boy with long hair.鈥 From there, Pink said that she took it upon herself to show her daughter all the 鈥渁ndrogynous rock stars鈥 who have proven that beauty doesn鈥檛 necessarily mean conforming to strict gender roles.

鈥淭hese are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie,鈥 she said. 鈥淎nd Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John. So many artists.鈥

Pink鈥檚 speech may seem like a passing moment, but it struck a chord among members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, and fans alike:

With high-profile transgender celebrities like Caitlin Jenner and Laverne Cox, gender non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon, and strides to remove gendered award categories from award shows like the VMAs, it might seem like society is 鈥渨oke鈥 enough to not need celebs like Pink to speak out about how important it is to challenge gender stereotypes. But to think this way would be a potentially dangerous mistake.

The truth is that transgender and gender non-conforming people are disproportionately vulnerable to the experience of violence, bullying,mental health issues and, horrifically, even murder. It鈥檚 as important as ever to stand up for ALL kinds of identities and experiences. We鈥檝e made some strides in recent years, but the fight for gender equality has only begun. Now is the time to make sure we keep the ball rolling in the direction of love and acceptance for all.

As Pink said in her speech last night: 鈥淲e help other people to change, to see more kinds of beauty.鈥 It鈥檚 something we鈥檒l need to do together.

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