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Steve Grand to perform ‘All American boy’ at GLSEN Respect Awards

On Monday, October 7th, 2013

2013 Bailey House FundraiserSinger and songwriter Steve Grand, who took YouTube by storm with the video release of his hit song “All American Boy” is scheduled to perform the song at theGLSEN Respect Awards according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter on October 5.

The gay singer rose to broader recognition as the video received 1.5 million views in just the first two weeks after being released back in July. The success of the song, about a gay boy’s unrequited love for a straight friend, led to appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CNN Newsroom” for Grand. GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, is excited to have Grand a part of the special night.

“We are delighted to have Steve Grand share his musical talent with our guests and supporters attending the GLSEN Respect Awards.”

The night will also be highlighted with a musical performance from the famous John Burroughs high School show choir.

This year’s GLSEN Respect Awards, sponsored by Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, will honor Lionsgate producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, “The Big Bang Theory” star and Emmy-winner Jim Parsons along with his partner Todd Spiewak. 11th -grader Laila Al-Shamm will receive the student advocate of the year award.

Each honoree is recognized for the significant difference they have made in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement. Steve Grand will perform for the honorees on Oct. 18 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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