Georgia teen Mars Hall­man’s star-stud­ded night at GLSEN Awards

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Nashville, Georgia teenager Mars Hall­man just had the week­end of a life­time in Bev­erly Hills as they were hon­ored by GLSEN (Gay, Les­bian & Straight Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work) as Stu­dent Ad­vo­cate of the Year at the group’s 2015 Re­spect Awards.

The 16-year-old had their first plane flight, got a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter their ac­cep­tance speech and hung out with stars like Justin Tim­ber­lake, Jes­sica Biel, Ju­lia Roberts and openly gay “The Big Bang The­ory” star Jim Par­sons at the Oct. 23 event. Tim­ber­lake even name-checked Hall­man twice dur­ing his speech ac­cept­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s In­spi­ra­tion Award with wife Biel.

You first read about Hall­man’s fight to get a Gay-Straight Al­liance (GSA) at their high school in Georgia Voice. Hall­man, who re­cently came out as non-bi­nary and uses they/them pro­nouns, even­tu­ally suc­ceeded de­spite op­po­si­tion from some school ad­min­is­tra­tors and lo­cal faith lead­ers, and as pres­i­dent of Berrien High School’s GSA is work­ing on adding gen­der ex­pres­sion to the school’s bul­ly­ing pol­icy and adding a gen­der neu­tral re­stroom. GLSEN took no­tice of Hall­man’s ef­forts and an­nounced the honor ear­lier this month.

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Nashville, Georgia teen Mars Hall­man (l) was hon­ored at GLSEN’s 2015 Re­spect Awards. Hall­man is pic­tured with their mother, Beth Hall­man. (Photo via Twit­ter)

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