GLAAD awards student for ‘Bully’ campaignEntertainment News, Top Highlights Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced that The Weinstein Company co-chairman and anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein will present a Special Recognition Award to high school student Katy Butler at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards March 24, 2012, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Seventeen-year-old Katy Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the ‘R’ rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to ‘PG-13.’
“I am proud and honored to present this award to Katy. Her commitment to this campaign and passion for taking action against bullying is incredibly impressive,” Harvey Weinstein said. Weinstein has been a well-known supporter of the LGBT community and previously received the Excellence in Media Award at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Last week Butler delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) Los Angeles office. Today, the Change.org action counts nearly 300,000 signatures. Butler, a high school student from Michigan, came out in middle school and experienced bullying. She has since garnered the attention of many well-known public figures including Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
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