LOS ANGELES - The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) today announced it will honor Bob and Harvey Weinstein with the Chairman's Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards - Los Angeles honorees on Friday, Oct. 5, in addition to other honorees already announced.
"We are pleased to honor Bob and Harvey Weinstein for their support of the documentary Bully that has brought incredible attention to the bullying crisis in our schools," said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. "We applaud Bob and Harvey for bringing the experiences of our nation's youth to audiences nationwide, which has built a greater understanding for GLSEN's work to create safe and respectful schools for all students."
The Weinstein brothers will receive the Chairman's Award, for their critical role in distributing Bully. This groundbreaking documentary has brought unprecedented national attention to the bullying public health crisis in K-12 schools and helped to amplify the conversation central to GLSEN's mission to create safe and affirming schools for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein launched their multi-media company, The Weinstein Company, in 2005 after leaving Miramax Films, which they co-founded in 1979. Their films have received 303 Oscar nominations since that time, and have won a total of 75 Academy Awards.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein complete the full line-up at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles and will be honored alongside Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg; Inspiration Award recipients Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; and GLSEN's Student Advocate of the Year.
The Respect Awards, held annually in Los Angeles and New York, 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 event is co-chaired by Linda Bell Blue (Executive Producer, Entertainment Tonight); Bonnie Curtis (Film Producer - Albert Nobbs; Red Eye; Minority Report); Donald De Line (Film Producer - Green Lantern; I Love You, Man; Observe And Report); Dave Karger (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly); David Phoenix (Interior Designer); and Chip Sullivan (Head of Publicity, DreamWorks Studios).
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.