After winning Best Kiss, 2 'Moonlight' stars gave a thrilling, emotional speech.

Last night's MTV Movie & TV Awards struck a win for equality, diversity, and inclusion, awarding its Best Kiss trophy to Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome for "Moonlight."

The pair accepted the award with an emotional speech, affirming the symbolism of their win for the LGBTQ community, many of whom may not be used to seeing their experiences represented on screen.

"This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits. This represents us," Sanders said, as he held his popcorn trophy for the first time.


"Moonlight," which follows the lives of two friends growing up in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood, won rave reviews for its three-dimensional depiction of LGBT characters, and its nuanced, unconventional roles for actors of color — which Jerome triumphantly shouted out in his acceptance speech.

"It is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell the story and do whatever it takes to make a change," the actor said.  

Same-sex pairs have won MTV's "Best Kiss" award before, but mostly for "joke" smooches. Previous winners include Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott for "American Pie 2," and Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen for "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Sanders' and Jerome's victory was the first for an actual same-sex romantic pair since Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal won for "Brokeback Mountain" in 2006.

Predictably, the internet was overjoyed.

Sanders and Jerome's epic victory wasn't the only revelation at the MTV Movie & TV Awards this year.

This year, the Movie & TV Awards became first major awards show to make its acting category gender neutral.

And its "Best Fight" category was recast as an award for Best Fight Against the System, which went to Taraji P. Henson for her portrayal of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in "Hidden Figures."

With more small steps like these, awards shows can help ensure that the world offscreen — in its infinite complexity — is the one being represented on-screen as well.

Lives and relationships come in all combinations, shapes, and sizes.

Props to the MTV Movie & TV Awards for not just recognizing that, but celebrating it too.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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