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VIDEO: GLSEN to honor Chely Wright at Respect Awards in New York

NEW YORK -- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will honor Chely Wright, Barclays Capital, Susie Scher and Allison Grover at its eighth annual Respect Awards on Monday, May 23 at Gotham Hall in New York.

The Respect Awards, held annually in Los Angeles and New York, give GLSEN the opportunity to showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the Safe Schools Movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.

The organization will also present the 2011 Educator of the Year at the event.

“GLSEN is thrilled to honor our partners and community supporters who work tirelessly toward our shared vision of safe and welcoming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard.

“We are proud to recognize Barclays Capital, Chely Wright, Susie Scher and Allison Grover, and our 2011 Educator of the Year.”

This year, GLSEN will offer four awards to recognize efforts to ensure schools are safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression:

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award: Barclays Capital, accepted by Jerry del Missier, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Inspiration Award: Chely Wright

Lifetime Achievement Award: Susie Scher & Allison Grover of Goldman Sachs.

Educator of the Year: To be announced.

GLSEN, established in 1990, works to ensure safe schools for all students. The organization "envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

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