Give it up for Derek, Everyone! He’s going to receive an “Inspiration” 2014 GLSEN Respect Award. Read more below and at the link. Thanks to Linz for the heads up as she first heard this news on Good Morning America today.
“We are thrilled to announce the honorees for the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, which has become one of the city’s premier events thanks to a deep commitment from our partners in the entertainment industry to help GLSEN realize our vision of a world where every child learns to respect and accept all people,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. “We are proud to recognize Danny Moder & Julia Roberts, whose inspiring work on HBO’s The Normal Heart has brought renewed attention to an important moment – and an on-going crisis – in LGBT and American history; Robert Greenblatt, who, as the only gay broadcast television chairman, is a role model for LGBT youth; and Derek Hough, who has brought the same grace he displays on Dancing with the Stars to his efforts to fight bullying.”
Emmy Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, choreographer and the only-five time dancing champion on the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars, will receive this year’s Inspiration Award. Not afraid to use his craft to give voice to those less fortunate, Derek’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion, epitomizes GLSEN’s commitment to storytelling and serves as a testament to the power of a strong work ethic, dedication to one’s craft, and a spirit of perseverance. His bravery in speaking out against bullying through the lens of personal experience has positioned him as an invaluable advocate and ally for youth.
WOO HOO! So deserving! Congrats Derek!
ETA: Below is some GMA coverage when they mention and show Derek. Too awesome! Hopefully Derek will make a showing at the awards on October 17th!
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