The 2023 GLSEN Respect Awards took place on the evening of May 15th in the grandiose lobby of Cipriani hotel on 42nd street to raise money and awareness for the organization.

GLSEN welcomed over 450 guests for a 4 hour event beginning with a reception at 6pm followed by a full course dinner. Dinner was followed by a 90 minute program including presentations from GLSEN students and celebrities such as Dominique Jackson and Chasten Buttigieg. Awards were then presented to honorees including Justin David Sullivan and Idina Menzel. The program was highlighted by a medley performance by Jeremy Jordan followed by dessert afterparty hosted by Chasten Buttigieg.

JJLA incorporated GLSEN’s rise up campaign into the set design of the stage to truly make the atmosphere feel unique to GLSEN’s brand. Additionally, JJLA incorporated LGBTQ+ books that are banned in the US from GLSEN’s rainbow library into the table decor.

The event was a marked success garnering high satisfaction and praise from GLSEN as well as the fundraiser exceeding its financial goal. Additionally the event received rave reviews in an article in The Advocate.

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