Mr. Sykes and I had the honor of attending the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) RESPECT AWARDS last week. GLSEN is the leading national organization focused on ensuring a safe environment for all students. Their vision is a world in which every child learns to respect all people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Our friends Matt Bomer and Simon Halls were being honored with the 2012 Inspiration Award, along with Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012 Lifetime Achievement Award), Bob & Harvey Weinstein (2012 Chairman's Award) and Luis Veloz who received the Student Advocate of the Year Award.
We met so many amazing kids who have been helped by GLSEN and in turn are working to help and support children across the country. We also met kids who were simply inspired by the work GLSEN does and galvanized their schools and communities to create anti intolerance groups. Honestly, I have never been surrounded by a more impressive group of teenagers-truly an inspiration.
Visit GLSEN's website for more information.