Steve Grand to Perform at Respect Awards

Openly Gay Record Artist, Songwriter & YouTube Sensation Steve Grand to Perform His Hit Single "All American Boy" at GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles

Internationally Recognized, Award-Winning John Burroughs High School Show Choir to Open Gala Dinner

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Andy Marra
Public Relations Manager
646-388-6575
amarra@glsen.org

NEW YORK, NY - Oct. 4, 2013 -- GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) today announced that openly gay songwriter, recording artist and YouTube sensation Steve Grand will perform his hit single, "All American Boy" at the GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles presented by Target, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo on Friday, October 18 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The internationally-recognized, award-winning John Burroughs High School show choir will open the annual gala, performing a special version of the song "One More Time," which was written by Academy Award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose) and featured in the movies "Sing" and "Sarafina." Both will be on hand to support GLSEN's impactful anti-bullying efforts in K-12 schools nationwide.

This year, GLSEN will honor leading global, award-winning entertainment company Lionsgate (Chairman's Award); Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Lifetime Achievement Award); Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning actor Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak (Inspiration Award); and 11th grade student Laila Al-Shamma of Carlsbad, California (2013 Student Advocate of the Year).

On July 2, 2013, Steve Grand released his first original song and music video, "All-American Boy" on YouTube becoming an overnight sensaion. The video accumulated more than 1.5 million views in the first two weeks alone and prompted guest appearances on numerous national and local television shows, including ABC's Good Morning America and the CNN Newsroom.

Members of the internationally-recognized, award-winning John Burroughs High School show choir will also appear onstage at the GLSEN Respect Awards. The show choir has won numerous awards, including the Grand Championship at Fame Chicago 2013 and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. ABC's Dancing With The Stars and NBC's The Voice. The show choir performed at Hong Kong's Chinese New Year Night Parade representing the United States.

The GLSEN Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.

To learn more about the GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles, visit www.glsen.org/respectla13 or follow GLSEN on Twitter @GLSEN and the hashtag #RespectLA.

For more information about GLSEN Respect Awards sponsorships, advertising, tickets and contributions, contact Rachel Silander at rsilander@glsen.org or 646.388.6582.

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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