GLSEN, which works to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is hosting their annual Respect Awards on Monday, May 20. The award show is held every year in Los Angeles and New York to showcase the work of student leaders, educators, community organizers, influencers, and corporations who are making an impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. Having begun in 2004, the awards have been running strong for more than a decade.
This year, the awards show is going all out and honoring some of the top names in the LGBTQ community. Brendon Urie, who will receive the Inspiration Award, is best known as the pansexual lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, but he also has put significant efforts into raising money for the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Urie pledged $1 million to GLSEN, which he raised through his foundation Highest Hopes.
“Partnering with GLSEN to support student leaders gives me hope that one day all young people will be free to be fully themselves,” said Brendon Urie in a statement. “I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, and that’s why GSA clubs are so important to me–they give LGBTQ students a place to belong. And GLSEN gives them the tools and resources to make a difference in their classrooms, communities, and ultimately much further.”
GLSEN will also honor the cast of FX’s “Pose” with the Champion Award.
“It is rare that a television program changes society, but that is exactly what Pose has done,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN in a statement. “Pose rightly places transgender and LGBTQ people of color at the center of the story, providing younger generations with a corrective, compelling, and utterly enthralling narrative of both LGBTQ history and the history of the nation.”
Past GLSEN honorees include Kerry Washington, Yara Shahidi, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, Ellen Pompeo, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.