Public policy concerns lead to cancelation of GLSEN Respect Awards in LA

September 20, 2022

As politics, policy, and the social climate shifts, GLSEN has decided to cancel this year’s Respect Awards in Los Angeles.

With more than 200+ anti-LGBTQ+ youth bills filed this year, GLSEN is refocusing their resources towards on-the-ground support systems. This includes voter education, state and federal advocacy, and increasing school district trainings and in-school initiatives.

“GLSEN was created specifically for moments like this and we have to show up in full force,” said Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, Executive Director of GLSEN. “While it was a tough decision to cancel an event we love hosting, we are excited to use this time to maximize our impact for LGBTQ+ youth in Los Angeles and across the nation.”

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