This year's Tony Awards were about more than the winners

Josh Groban Sara Bareilles

Josh Groban Sara Bareilles

While I can't confirm that honorary award recipient (for theater education) Melody Herzfeld was Jewish, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama teacher's moment was a highlight of the night; a choir of Parkland students sang a moving "Seasons of Love". It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion.

Mr. Garfield was accepting the award for lead actor for "Angels in America", a play about AIDS and homosexuality set in 1980s America. "It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly".

"So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ who have fought and died to protect that spirit".

"Graciously give the world to the new generation, to the generation that knows we are all interconnected, to the generation that knows we are all created to love and to live", he said in an interview with Variety.

More than 37 million people are now living with HIV/Aids - a disease which attacks the immune system - according to the World Health Organisation. And we all belong.

Angels in America was also nominated in several other categories, including Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Play, and twice in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.

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"Look at the man who is in the White House right now".

In his acceptance speech, the 33-year-old also mentioned a recent Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

"We are all sacred and we all belong, so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked", Garfield said.

LIndsay Mendez, who won the Tony for best featured actresses in a musical for Carousel, said in her acceptance speech, "When I moved to NY, I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews or I wouldn't work".

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