GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor YouTube with the Chairman’s Award at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 23, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.
In addition, past honorees Simon Halls and Matt Bomer will be returning as honorary co-chairs, along with Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak, and Julia Roberts and Danny Moder.
YouTube is being celebrated for providing a platform that serves as hope and inspiration for LGBT youth around the world. By establishing a safe and supportive community, YouTube and its creators continue to make a positive impact for LGBT people and their families, while changing countless hearts and minds.
Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Greg Berlanti, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Lauran Huff, Mike Irvin, Kathy Kloves, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, George Kotsiopoulos, Michael Lombardo and Sonny Ward, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Ben Roy, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.
Corporate Sponsors of the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles are Wells Fargo, Target, Delta, the Edward F. Limato Foundation, HBO, McDonald’s, Warner Bros., Awesomeness TV, Creative Artists Agency, Gucci, the Johnson Family Foundation, Mattel, and Real D. Media Sponsors are DiversityInc and The Advocate.
GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.