The 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards recently took place at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
This year’s honorees included Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award, Zendaya with the Gamechanger Award, Bruce Bozzi with the Champion Award, DC Entertainment with the Visionary Award and Student Advocate of the Year Ose Arheghan.
Additional guests including famous faces such as “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry and Darby Stanchfield, “American Horror Story: Cult” star Billie Lourd, “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia, “Supergirl” star Chyler Leigh, Greg Berlanti, Jess Cagle, “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz, “Blooms” star Charlie Carver, “The Defenders” star. Rosario Dawson, “13 Reasons Why” stars Tommy Dorfman and Alisha Boe, “Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett,”Spider-Man: Homecoming” star J.J. Totah, Stacey Snider, “The Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Fabrice Calmels of Joffrey Ballet, Jim Fielding, “Saturday Night Live” star Heidi Gardner, Casey Hoke, former Miss USA Olivia Jordan, “Today’s” Dave Karger, Patrick Moran, Katharine Prescott, “The Greatest Showman” star Keala Settle, “Baby Daddy” star Chelsea Kane, blogger Perez Hilton, “Claws” star Angelica Ross and YouTube stars Andrew Lowe, Arden Rose, Cammie Scott, Sam Tsui, Ruba Wilson, Alexis G. Zall and Raymond Braun.
GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard and Honorary Co-Chairs Simon Halls, Connor Franta, Bob Greenblatt, and Marilyn Katzenberg were also in attendance as well as National Student Council members Marcus Breed, Danny Charney, Nate Fulmer, Em Gentry, Marisa Matias, and Imani Sims.
The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth.