GLSEN ANNOUNCES DANNY MODER & JULIA ROBERTS TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD AT 2014 GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS - LOS ANGELES
NBC Entertainment’s ROBERT GREENBLATT to receive Chairman’s Award;
Dancing with the Stars’ DEREK HOUGH to be honored with Inspiration Award
Los Angeles – GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the nation’s leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, today announced honorees for its upcoming GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles event to be held Friday, Oct. 17, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
“We are thrilled to announce the honorees for the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles, which has become one of the city’s premier events thanks to a deep commitment from our partners in the entertainment industry to help GLSEN realize our vision of a world where every child learns to respect and accept all people," said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. "We are proud to recognize Danny Moder & Julia Roberts, whose inspiring work on HBO’s The Normal Heart has brought renewed attention to an important moment – and an on-going crisis – in LGBT and American history; Robert Greenblatt, who, as the only gay broadcast television chairman, is a role model for LGBT youth; and Derek Hough, who has brought the same grace he displays on Dancing with the Stars to his efforts to fight bullying.”
Danny Moder & Julia Roberts will receive the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, numerous philanthropic endeavors and humanitarian causes, including GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up To Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and many others. They bring a sense of stewardship, responsibility and consciousness to their humanitarian efforts and serve as wonderful role models. Both Danny and Julia are current Emmy Award nominees for their important work (he as Director of Photography, she as Supporting Actress) on the powerful HBO movie, The Normal Heart, which depicts the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
This year’s Chairman’s Award will be presented to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. For more than two decades, Bob’s career as an award-winning producer and executive have brought us memorable and critically-acclaimed programming, including many characters and storylines that have been groundbreaking for the LGBTQ community. During his tenure at Fox Broadcasting in the 1990s, he was behind such iconic shows as The X- Files, Melrose Place, Party of Five, Ally McBeal, and King of the Hill. While there, he also developed the pilots of The Sopranos and Dawson’s Creek. As President of Entertainment at Showtime, Bob elevated that pay TV network to HBO standards by shepherding a number of popular and award-winning hits, including The L Word, Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Californication, The Big C, Shameless and The Tudors.
Now at NBC, Bob has guided the venerable network back to #1 after 10 years of languishing in last place. NBC has its own important legacy of putting marginalized and under-served diverse communities on television; a tradition that continues with shows such as The Voice, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D, About A Boy, Grimm, Parenthood, Smash, The Sound of Music Live!, and many others. Bob has also executive produced over a dozen series, including one of HBO’s most popular shows of all time, Six Feet Under. That show, which featured a committed gay relationship at its core, won him a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody, The Producer’s Guild Award, and the GLAAD award. On Broadway, he is the producer of this year’s most award-winning musical A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, for which he won the Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama League awards for Best Musical. He also produced the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the film 9 To 5, which starred Allison Janney and featured a score by Dolly Parton.
Emmy Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, choreographer and the only-five time dancing champion on the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars, will receive this year’s Inspiration Award. Not afraid to use his craft to give voice to those less fortunate, Derek’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion, epitomizes GLSEN’s commitment to storytelling and serves as a testament to the power of a strong work ethic, dedication to one’s craft, and a spirit of perseverance. His bravery in speaking out against bullying through the lens of personal experience has positioned him as an invaluable advocate and ally for youth.
GLSEN will also be presenting the Student Advocate of the Year Award. The nomination process is currently underway and an honoree will be announced soon.
With a deep belief that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow, GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through pioneering original research, innovative program development, student leadership development, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence (the country’s largest student-led event), No Name-Calling Week, Changing the Game and Think B4 You Speak. GLSEN programs and resources have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and educational communities across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the Safe Schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.
Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included: Jeffery and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob and Harvey Weinstein; NBA player Jason Collins; MTV, accepted by CEO Judy McGrath; Disney-ABC Television, accepted by President Anne Sweeney; HBO, accepted by CEO Michael Lombardo; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; the Honorable Richard Gephardt and his daughter, Chrissy; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBA executive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons; and Simon Halls and Matt Bomer, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.
Honorary co-chairs for this year’s event are Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons. The event is co-hosted by: Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers; Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez; Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen; Jess Cagle; Donald De Line; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; Patrick M. Herning; Dave Karger; Deena Katz; Kathy Kloves; George Kotsiopoulos and Kevin Williamson; Michael Lombardo and Sonny Ward; Carlos Lopez; Julia Sorkin; and Chip Sullivan.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, 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 and 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, policy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.