Antoni Porowski, Leyna Bloom & Nickelodeon Honored at The 2022 GLSEN Respect Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: General atmosphere at The 2022 GLSEN Respect Awards at Gotham Hall on May 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for GLSEN)

The 2022 GLSEN Respect Awards were presented by Hollister at Gotham Hall in New York City on May 16th. 

This year’s annual event was held in person and was hosted by Star Trek: Discovery star Wilson Cruz. Some notable guests in attendance were Chris Perfetti, Darid Prom, Derek Warburton, Kalen Allen, MJ Day, Nico Greetham, Nina West, Sara Haines, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and GLSEN’s Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers. Amongst those honored and awarded were Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, and actress, model, and activist Leyna Bloom were honored with the Champion Award. Marva Smalls accepted the Corporate Ally Award on behalf of Nickelodeon. She is the Global Head of Inclusion at Paramount and the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Kids & Family Entertainment Brands at Paramount Media Networks. Brooklyn’s MS 442 School for Innovation received the GSA of the Year Award powered by Hollister, and Florida’s Pinellas County school teacher Alex Quinto accepted the Educator of the Year Award. 

GLSEN is an organization that focuses on creating a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ youth within grades K -12. Their vision is for children around the world to learn how to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and or gender expression. Throughout the years, the organization has reached millions of children and educators on various levels with multiple programs and resources. They have improved the conditions for many students within the community throughout the U.S. and launched an international movement to address LGBTQ+ issues in education. 

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