The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel this week.

The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles is an annual gala to recognize the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.

Five awards will be presented onstage in order of presentation to: Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Chairman’s Award); Adam Fitzgerald and Blake Drummond (Special Recognition); Simon Halls and Matt Bomer (Inspiration Award); Luis Veloz (Student Advocate of the Year); and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award). A complete list of bios can be found at: www.glsen.org.

Guests include: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Oscar Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help); Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams (The Master); Tony Award winning actress Ellen Barkin (The New Normal); Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); filmmaker Brett Ratner (Tower Heist); Tim DeKay (White Collar); Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar); Willie Garson (White Collar); Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes); Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof); Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals); Greg Rikaart (The Young and the Restless); Clementine Ford (The Young and the Restless); Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2); and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. More names to be announced.

WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012
5:15pm Media Check-in
6:00pm Arrivals & Cocktail Reception
7:30pm Awards Ceremony

WHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.

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