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Octavia Spencer to Be Honored at GLSEN's Respect Awards for Being a ‘Steadfast Ally’

Manuela Cardiga
Aug 16, 2019
12:40 A.M.

Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer is to be honored as a steadfast friend of the LGBT community,


Actress Octavia Spencer is no stranger to awards. She has an Oscar, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 3 National Board of Review Awards, 2 Satellite Awards, 2 Critics' Choice Movie Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award.

Now she will have to find space on her shelf for one very special award that is being attributed not for her acting, but for her steadfast support of the LGBT community.

Octavia Spencer at ABC interview/ Source: Getty Images

Octavia Spencer at ABC interview/ Source: Getty Images


Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network Executive Director Eliza Byard has announced that the organization will be honoring Octavia at the Respect Awards in October with its Inspiration Award.


Octavia is praised for the diverse and inclusive range of her work, and her own personal support of the LGBT movement.

Octavia Spencer at the Sundance Institute/ Source: Getty Images

Octavia Spencer at the Sundance Institute/ Source: Getty Images

She has just been awarded her own star in the Hollywood Walk of fame


GLSEN was founded in 1990 in Boston to address the growing problems of discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression being experienced by students in American schools.



The GLSEN Respect Awards were created in 2004 to reward and showcase the work of students, educators, individuals, and corporations who have contributed to the well being of the LGBT community.

Among the Respect Award's past honorees are Kerry Washington and Ellen Pompeo.



Octavia is having an incredible year, she has just been awarded her own star in the Hollywood Walk of fame, and keeps racking up incredible performances, like her latest role as a psychopathic killer in "Ma."

The GLSEN Respect Awards will surely be the cherry on the cake of universal and well-deserved recognition that has come this incredible actress' way.

Well done, Octavia Spencer.



You'd think that being one of the most respected actresses of her generation with a shelf full of prestigious awards including an Oscar would be all that Octavia Spencer could wish for, but you'd be wrong.

But Octavia wants to take it to the next level: she wants to be a Hollywood producer.

"The role I'm destined to play is to be one of the greatest producers in Hollywood, It's also quite terrifying because it's a huge undertaking, but I want to be a conduit for storytellers," she revealed.

As talented and committed as Octavia Spencer is to everything she does, we can look forward to some exciting projects from her in the near future.

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