YouTube Star Steve Grand to Perform at GLSEN Respect Awards

The gala dinner will honor Lionsgate, Jim Parsons and producer Linda Bloodworth.

YouTube sensation Steve Grand will be on hand to perform his hit "All American Boy" for the honorees of The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's Respect Awards Oct. 18.

The GLSEN Respect Awards are set to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, an will honor producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Lionsgate, The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak, and 11th-grader Laila Al-Shamm, who will receive the student advocate of the year award.

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Grand, who is openly gay, released his first original song and video "All American Boy" on YouTube in July. The video received 1.5 million views in its first two weeks, and lead to appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America and the CNN Newsroom

“We are delighted to have Steve Grand share his musical talent with our guests and supporters attending the GLSEN Respect Awards,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “We are also pleased to welcome members of the famous John Burroughs High School show choir to open this inspiring night that celebrates our progress to ensure schools are safe havens filled with the opportunities to learn and succeed for LGBT students nationwide.”

The GLSEN Respect Awards, which are held annually in New York and Los Angeles, honor the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.

Target, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo are sponsoring the event.