Stars to honor students at GLSEN’s reimagined 30th awards

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Kalen Allen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hustle” on May 8, 2019, from left, Matt Bomer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Sinner” Season 3 on Feb. 3, 2020 and Octavia Spencer appears at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2019. Allen, Bomer and Spencer are among the celebrities helping the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network honor six students by directing videos about their stories. The videos will be told at GLSEN’s 30th annual ceremony. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will honor six students through celebrity-directed stories at its 30th annual reimagined ceremony.

GLSEN announced Thursday that the ceremony will highlight the students at the Respect Everywhere celebration, which will premiere Monday on the organization’s website. The students’ stories will be told in a series of short videos by directors including Octavia Spencer, Rob Hardy, Kalen Allen, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello and Antoni Porowski.

The awards show was previously named the Los Angeles Respect Awards.

The online event will showcase the students from around the country that have made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community in their own way.

Stories will include a transgender football player’s navigation of the game, activism and his identity. Others will follow an immigrant student acclimating to their new country, while a young lesbian finds a balance between her Christianity and her authentic self.

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