GLSEN Proudly Announces Ruby Noboa, of Bronx, NY to be Honored at GLSEN Res

Ruby Noboa to be Honored at Respect LA

Ruby Noboa

GLSEN Proudly Announces Ruby Noboa, of Bronx, NY to be Honored at GLSEN Respect Awards as 2018 Student Advocate of the Year

Los Angeles, California (October 12, 2018) – GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is pleased to announce Ruby Noboa will be honored as the 2018 Student Advocate of the Year at the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles. GLSEN's Student Advocate of the Year Award honors an outstanding young person who has helped create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students and has served as a voice of change in their school and community. Noboa joins previously announced honorees actress and activist Yara Shahidi, Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick & David Kohan, actress, producer, and activist Ellen Pompeo, and Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures, accepting on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film, all to be honored on Friday, October 19th at the Beverly Wilshire.

Noboa, born and raised in Bronx, NY, has immersed herself in the world of activism. She first began speaking out on LGBTQ issues in January of 2017. Since then, she has widened her platform to speak on other important issues such as violence towards trans women and injustice towards people of color, and the need to properly fund schools. Noboa has participated in women’s marches, was instrumental in starting her school’s GSA chapter, and led a 200 student school-wide walkout against gun violence.

Noboa’s goal is to give back to her community. She is currently working on a senior project to open an LGBTQ youth center in the Bronx, where she hopes to make her neighborhood a better place to live for all.

The Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards include Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Bruce Bozzi & Bryan Lourd, Jess Cagle & Matt Whitney, Connor Franta, Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak and Julia Roberts & Danny Moder.

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 honorees include Kerry Washington; Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake; Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Zendaya; Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino. The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will welcome approximately 500 guests, including outstanding youth leaders and educators from around the country, raising more than $1 million in support of GLSEN’s work.

For nearly three decades, GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, educator training, student organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy. With the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and GLSEN national programs like Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, and Ally Week, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work.

Tickets for the Respect Awards are available now. For additional information, please visit



GLSEN works to create 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 gender 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 39 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

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