Kerry Wash­ing­ton to re­ceive award

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Kerry Wash­ing­ton is be­ing rec­og­nized by a na­tional ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion for in­te­grat­ing LGBT ac­tivism into her film and tele­vi­sion ca­reer.

GLSEN an­nounced Thurs­day that it will hon­our Wash­ing­ton with the In­spi­ra­tion Award at the 2017 GLSEN Re­spect Awards on Oct. 20 in Bev­erly Hills, Calif.

GLSEN praised Wash­ing­ton for her work with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Com­mit­tee on the Arts and Hu­man­i­ties, ad­vo­cat­ing for mar­riage equal­ity and cham­pi­oning anti-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cam­paigns.

The Emmy-nom­i­nated ac­tress pre­vi­ously served as an hon­orary co-chair for the 2013 GLSEN Re­spect Awards. Wash­ing­ton said she’s ex­cited to cel­e­brate the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s high school stu­dent lead­ers. GLSEN was founded in 1990 to ad­dress LGBT is­sues in K-12 ed­u­ca­tion.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC’s “Scan­dal’’ which stars Wash­ing­ton, re­ceived the In­spi­ra­tion Award in 2009.

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