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Octavia Spencer to be honoured with award from gay rights education group

The actress has been a 'steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community'

2019-08-13

Words: Steve Brown

Octavia Spencer will receive the Inspiration Award by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

The actress has made her name as one of the most talented actresses around after starring in the likes of The Help, Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water and is now going to be honoured by GLSEN with the prestigious award later this year at their annual Respect Awards.

According to Eliza Byard, GLSEN executive director, Spencer has “devoted her career to diverse storytelling, promoting social good and is a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community.”

Back in 2017, Spencer told Gloria Steinam: “The role I’m destined to play is to be one of the greatest producers in Hollywood.

“It’s terrifying because it’s a huge undertaking, but I want to be a conduit for storytellers ― men, women, gay, straight, black, white, Asian, latino, Indian, native. All those stories deserve to be told, especially if they’re compelling.”

GLSEN was founded in 1990 and its aim is to address LGBTQ issues in K-12 education and have hosted and presented the Respect Awards since 2004.