NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2009 - GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is pleased to announce that HBO, Shonda Rhimes
and David C. Bohnett
will be honored at the fifth annual GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles on Oct. 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
GLSEN also will recognize its first Student Advocate of the Year, an honor given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and a courageous voice in efforts to promote respect for all students.
The Respect Awards, held annually in Los Angeles and New York, recognize individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN's efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America's students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Corporate Role Model: HBO
HBO has been instrumental in GLSEN’s growth and visibility the last few years. Its body of work is second to none in portraying positive images of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community through their exceptional series and movies. They also they stand as an example of diversity both on camera and as a corporate leader. As the most-watched pay service in the country, HBO has been honored with virtually every major programming award. This year, the network hit a high note with an unprecedented 99 Emmy Award Nominations.
Lifetime Achievement: David C. Bohnett
David C. Bohnett has been a stalwart supporter of GLSEN’s work both personally and as Chair of The David Bohnett Foundation. His generous support of various LGBT organizations includes the funding of more than 60 cyber centers at LGBT community centers across the country, providing Internet access for LGBT youth and seniors. As the head of the private equity firm Baroda Ventures, CEO of OVGuide.com, Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Trustee of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), David is guided by the core principle of bettering society through social activism.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes has broken multiple glass ceilings in Hollywood through her sheer talent and intelligence. Her shows Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice are examples of diversity not only for their multiracial casting, but also for their inclusion of LGBT characters, story lines and actors. For her work, Rhimes received a Producers Guild of America Award, Golden Globe Award, Lucy Award, NAACP Image Award, Writers Guild Award, and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Writing for Grey’s Anatomy.
Past Respect Awards – Los Angeles honorees include: Disney/ABC Television Group, Lance Bass, Darren Star, Dr. Neal Baer, Greg Berlanti, Hon. James C. Hormel, Hon. Sheila Kuehl, Cisco Systems, James Howe, Virginia Uribe, Moises Kaufman, IBM, Frankie Martinez and Jeff Quinn.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and 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/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