Actress Kerry Washington is teaming up with Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers this upcoming October to support a common cause. As reported by E! News on August 19, the “Scandal” star and Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to join MLS, have been named as honorary cochairs of GLSEN’s Respect Awards.
The Respect Awards recognize those who inspire and have made a difference in the LGBT community. GLSEN’s work and dedication towards helping youth who have been faced with bullying is something Washington connects with and she is honored to be apart of the night and all that GLSEN stands for.
“GLSEN is on the front line of keeping kids safe from bullying in our schools. That’s absolutely a cause that I support and believe in.”
Robbie Rogers, who publicly announced he was gay in February before briefly retiring from professional soccer, has done his own part to inspire other athletes and youth. He believes GLSEN instills a confidence in youth that gives them the courage to be themselves by loving themselves.
“GLSEN levels the playing field for kids who are bullied simply for being themselves. Any help I can lend to that effort…any way I can make these kids lives a little bit better, that’s What I’m going to do.”
This year’s honorees include JPMorgan Chase & Co., USA Network’s Characters Unite campaign, and LZ Granderson who will be presented with this year’s Hero Award.