GLSEN to Honor Bruce Bozzi at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles

GLSEN to Honor Bruce Bozzi

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GLSEN to Honor Bruce Bozzi at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles

Bozzi to Receive Champion Award on October 20th at Beverly Wilshire Hotel

LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2017) – GLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students, will honor restaurateur and philanthropist Bruce Bozzi with the Champion Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards. The gala will be held on Friday, October 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Bozzi is a leading figure in Los Angeles and New York through his work as the Executive Vice President of Palm Restaurant Group and via “Lunch with Bruce” on SiriusXM. The iconic restaurant group makes public service part of their daily life with programs to fight hunger and support local communities. In addition, Bozzi has championed numerous LGBTQ issues, including marriage equality and GLSEN’s work to create safe and inclusive school environments. He continues to support and organize with the Hollywood community against efforts to limit LGBTQ rights across the U.S.

“Bruce Bozzi is an activist and philanthropist focused on improving his community, and it will take all of us working together during this challenging time,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN. “We are honored to have him join us for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards to celebrate that commitment to the LBGTQ community and our efforts for students across the country.”

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York,showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Past Los Angeles honorees include: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg; Bob Greenblatt; Matt Bomer & Simon Halls; Shonda Rhimes; and Kate Hudson. The GLSEN Respect Awards will welcome approximately 600 guests, including outstanding youth leaders and educators from around the country, raising more than $1 million in support of GLSEN.

GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.

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GLSEN creates safe and inclusive schools for all. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of 40 community-led chapters in 26 states brings GLSEN’s expertise to local communities. GLSEN's progress and impact have won support for inclusive schools at all levels of education in the United States and sparked an international movement to ensure equality for LGBTQ students and respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research, and educator training programs, please visit