PHOTOS: Matt Bomer, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer At GLSEN Respect Awards In L.A.


The toast of Hollywood came out to the Beverly Hills Hilton on Friday for The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Respect Awards, including Amy Adams, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, out actors Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer, super-producer Brett Ratner The Weinstein Group’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein, DreamWorks honcho Jeffrey KatzenbergEntertainment Tonight executive producer Linda Bell Blue, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Dave Karger, I Love You, Man producer Donald De Line, decorator David Phoenix, DreamWorks publicity head Chip Sullivan and Albert Nobbs producer Bonnie Curtis.

GLSEN honored Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, with Lifetime Achievement Awards, while White Collar star Bomer and partner Simon Halls received the Inspiration Award. Additional honors were presented to the Weinstein Brothers and Adam Fitzgerald, who won GLSEN’s “ThinkB4YouSpeak” PSA competition.

The GLSEN Student Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Texas teen Luis Veloz, now a freshman at Southern Methodist University. Having only come to the U.S. four years ago, Veloz founded his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, became the youngest board member of GLSEN’s Dallas chapter, organized the city’s first Valentine’s dance for LGBT youth, interned at Lambda Legal and co-founded the Magdaleno Leadership Institute. “This young man’s potential knows no bounds,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard, “and I look forward to watching his career take off as he continues to serve others.”

Above: Amy Adams, Matt Bomer, Brett Ratner, Octavia Spencer and Jim Parsons.



 Octavia Spencer presents the GLSEN 2012 Student Advocate of the Year award to Luis Veloz.


Matt Bomer and Amy Adams

 GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard delivering keynote address

Amy Adams and GLSEN Student Ambassador Brandon present the GLSEN Chairman’s Award to Bob and Harvey Weinstein


 Producer Bob Weinstein accepts the GLSEN Chairman’s Award


 Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), who sponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act


The Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart

 Inspiration Award recipients Bomer (right) and partner Simon Halls


 Jim Parsons and GLSEN Student Ambassador Carly present the GLSEN Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg.


 GLSEN Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and former teacher Marilyn Katzenberg


GLSEN Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg 


 Dr. Eliza Byard with Political Animals’ Brittany Ishibashi and Kyle Fritz


 Octavia Spencer



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