For us to showcase this character who is a core member of the ensemble, who’s not going anywhere, who is happy, who has friends, a chosen family that she loves, and who is successful in her life, is something I never saw growing up on television. I never thought a happy ending could be for me. And now I am playing someone who is out, who is bi, and who is going to succeed. There’s a beautiful line that Captain Holt, played by Andre Braugher, says in the show. He says, “Every time someone says who they are, it makes the world a better, more interesting place.”

Stephanie Beatriz accepts the GLAAD Media Awards for Brooklyn Nine-Nine