Robin Roberts to Present GSA of Year Award

Robin Roberts to Present GSA of Year Award at
GLSEN Respect Awards – New York

MEDIA CONTACT
Daryl Presgraves
Director of Communications
646-388-6577
dpresgraves@glsen.org

NEW YORK, May 5, 2014 — Legendary broadcaster and inspirational figure Robin Roberts will present the GSA of the Year Award to the Gay-Straight Alliance club from Park City High School in Park City, Utah, at the GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on May 19 at Gotham Hall.

“I am delighted to support GLSEN, an incredible organization that is working to end bullying and make schools safer for LGBT students,” Roberts said. “I’m particularly happy to lift up the leadership of students who fight for respect and dignity for all. My mother always said that ‘everybody’s got something,’ but I’ve experienced firsthand how we all also have something to give. And students like the ones GLSEN works with all across the country are truly putting that something to work in the service of a better world.”

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program. Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and Gilda's Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel. Roberts’ new memoir “Everybody’s Got Something,” about her courageous battle against MDS (Myelodysplastic syndrome), is a New York Times bestseller.

“I am so honored that Robin will be with GLSEN for our big night,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “Robin has been an inspiration to me and so many others since her early days in broadcasting with ESPN right through her iconic tenure at GMA to her battles with cancer and her decision to come out publicly this winter. I am grateful she’ll bring that inspiration to our program, helping to honor heroes in the on-going battle for respect for all in our schools.”

GLSEN is also honoring AT&T, bestselling author and transgender advocate Janet Mock and GLSEN Educator of the Year Laura Taylor at the 11th annual event.

The GLSEN Respect Awards – New York 2014 will be held at Gotham Hall in Manhattan on Monday, May 19. For information about sponsorships, tables or tickets, please contact Braden Lay-Michaels at blaymichaels@glsen.org.

About GLSEN
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.

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