GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor Rosario Dawson with the Inspiration Award during the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York.

“It is a thrill to honor Rosario, who has been an amazing ally to GLSEN and all of the students we serve. She is a wonderful example of someone engaged with all of the pressing issues of our time who also knows how to amplify the voices of youth too often left out of the conversation,” said Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director. “A warm and inspiring presence at a variety of GLSEN events over the years, Rosario has helped GLSEN reach a broader audience and brought new allies to our side in the urgent fight for Respect for All.”

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Past honorees include Kerry Washington; Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Zendaya; Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino. The GLSEN Respect Awards – New York will welcome approximately 500 guests, including outstanding youth leaders and educators from around the country, raising more than $1 million in support of GLSEN’s work.

For nearly three decades, GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education through groundbreaking original research, innovative program development, educator training, student organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy. 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, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work.

Tickets for the Respect Awards are available now. For additional information, please visit www.glsen.org/events.

WHEN: Monday, May 21st
5:15 p.m. – Media Check-In
6:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Arrivals
7:00 p.m. – Dinner

WHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street
110 E 42nd St, New York, NY10017

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