GLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor actress and activist Zendaya with the Gamechanger Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.
The gala will be held on Friday, October 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Zendaya will receive the award for her activism and for inspiring young people around the world. She utilizes her platform to connect with millions every day, taking a stand for women, people of color, and LGBTQ people whose rights are under attack. Her most recent speech at the Teen Choice Awards is a call to action for young people to raise their voices for change. Additionally, Zendaya has lent her time and support to numerous educational causes, including Communities in Schools and Donors Choose.
“GLSEN is honored to recognize Zendaya with the Gamechanger Award for her commitment to social justice,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN. “This award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya, unafraid to raise her voice on a host of issues affecting LGBTQ students and other marginalized communities, clearly exemplifies that leadership.”
Zendaya will join previously announced 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards Honorees Kerry Washington and Bruce Bozzi.