GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor the cast and creative team of Pose with the Champion Award during the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York, on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

“It is rare that a television program changes society, but that is exactly what Pose has done,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “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.”

Golden Globe nominated Pose is a drama series that explores life and society in 1980s New York, and centers on the lives and stories of transgender people of color and LGBTQ people of color within the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scenes.

Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. Pose has been named on dozens of “best show” lists and was honored as one of the AFI TV Programs of the Year for 2018. In addition, the show has garnered nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, WGA Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Gotham Awards.

Pose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes of the first season. The series is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Canals, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sherry Marsh.

Honorary Co-Chairs for the GLSEN Respect Awards – New York include Rosario Dawson who previously received an Inspiration Award at the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York, and Carla Gugino who received an Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York.

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; 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.

The GLSEN Respect Awards – New York will welcome approximately 500 guests, including VIPS as well as 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

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