LOS ANGELES – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) honored Cisco Systems, author James Howe and Project 10 Founder Dr. Virginia Uribe on Sept. 8 at its second-annual Respect Awards – Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel.
Guests included Actor Kristin Chenoweth, Writer/Actor Bruce Vilanch, the cast of Logo’s upcoming show “Sordid Lives,” Actor Joshua Weinstein, Producer Bonnie Curtis, California Secretary of State Candidate Debra Bowen, West Hollywood City Councilwoman Abbe Land, GLSEN Founder and Executive Director Kevin Jennings and GLSEN Deputy Executive Director Eliza Byard.
The night also included a tribute to major GLSEN donor and Microsoft pioneer Ric Weiland, who passed away in June
Cisco Systems is one of GLSEN’s leading corporate supporters and sponsored 2006’s No Name-Came Calling Week.
Howe is an award-winning author of many books for young readers, often emphasizing the theme of acceptance. His book, “The Misfits,”
published in 2001, inspired GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, now in its fourth year.
Uribe founded Project 10, the nation’s first in-school program for LGBT students, in 1984. Over the past 20 years, Project 10 has broken the silence surrounding LGBT youth and forced the California public education system to confront institutional discrimination.
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information on GLSEN’s educational resources, public policy and public education work, student organizing programs, research or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.