Gavin Grimm was greeted with thunderous applause and a standing ovation during his appearance at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday.
Grimm, a senior at Gloucester High School in Virginia, presented alongside actress AnnaSophia Robb at the ceremony hosted by Ross Matthews.
“I’m Gavin Grimm and I’m a trans man and a high school student,” Grimm told the crowd before the audience jumped to its feet.
The 17-year-old has been battling his high school to use the school restroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Grimm petitioned the lawsuit to appear before the Supreme Court, but the case was sent back to the lower court following the Trump administration’s removal of federal protections for transgender students.
Actress AnnaSophia Robb noted how significant it was for her to present next to Grimm.
“First I have to say how proud I am to be standing, and honored to be standing, with Gavin. Your work and bravery has inspired so many people, including myself,” Robb told the crowd. “If the Supreme Court won’t give you your time, then we will.”
Grimm also presented a grant to a college student dedicated to LGBT advocacy during GLAAD’s Rising Stars Grants Luncheon on Friday. Tyler Oakley hosted the festivities. Gigi Gorgeous, Alex Newell, Raymond Braun, Survivor’s Zeke Smith, Gavin Grimm, Levi Foster, Royce Mann and “Survivor” contestant Zeke Smith were in attendance.
Watch Grimm’s GLAAD Media Awards appearance below.