Kate Hudson to Be Honored at GLSEN Respect Awards

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The actress, who'll be recognized with the Inspiration Award at the Los Angeles ceremony, is being singled out for her longstanding advocacy work to benefit youth.

Kate Hudson is being recognized for her ally status.

The actress, who stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in the new film Deepwater Horizon, out this weekend, will be honored with the Inspiration Award at GLSEN’s Respect Awards, scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire. The night's other honorees include Jess Cagle, editorial director of Time Inc.’s Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group and YouTube star Connor Franta.

According to GLSEN — a national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students — the Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, "showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth."

Said GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard: "As a parent, as a quiet humanitarian, and now as a visible ally to LGBTQ youth, [Hudson] is an inspiring public figure who shares our vision of a future in which all youth can thrive."

Hudson will be honored with the Inspiration Award for her longstanding advocacy work to benefit youth. She is a member of the Hawn Foundation's board of directors and is actively involved in the organization’s signature program, MindUP, which teaches skills and mindfulness practices that help children improve learning and academic performance, as well as social and emotional skills. She has also partnered with the World Food Program in their fight to end hunger around the world and has been involved with numerous other causes, including the Starkey Foundation, Baby2Baby, women’s rights, education and the fight to eradicate breast cancer.