The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network held their 4th Annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday night, and the celebs were out in full force to show their support. GLSEN’s mission is to make schools a safer environment for students of all sexual orientations. Among attendees were Jennie Garth, Hilary Duff, Billy Baldwin, and Victor Garber… just to name a few! The red carpet was relatively quick, with the stars basically right on top of each other. Everyone was eager to get inside, but they took the time to chat with the press as well. Fancast was there taking in all the details.
The ladies looked lovely in cocktail dresses, while the men opted for suits. My favorite look of the night was Candis Cayne, who wore a lovely emerald-green silk cocktail dress that was low-cut enough to be sexy… but not too sexy. All the reporters around me were jealous of her shoes.
Lance Bass took a break from Dancing with the Stars to be honored for his work with the cause. He said for once in his life he doesn’t he doesn’t have time for a relationship, and said that coming out “feels amazing” and that “no one should have to live a lie.” Hilary Duff, who recently shot a PSA for the campaign, thinks GLSEN is an important cause. “I want to stop the hate and discrimination,” she said. Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who recently had a stint on Entourage, said this cause was essential because it reaches out to schools to students who “struggle with their sexuality and to feel comfortable. It’s teaching the tolerance and the verbiage and it’s such an important message.”
Billy Baldwin and his Dirty Sexy Money co-star Candis Cayne graced the red carpet to spread the word about the acceptance of transgendered people in society. Cayne is the first transgender to have a prominent role on Primetime TV and plays Baldwin’s secret love interest. Baldwin said the moment he met her, he knew there would be instant chemistry. “I totally dig her,” he said. “I just wanted her to know that I was totally committed to her and her work.” Cayne said that Hollywood has also become more accepting of transgendered individuals. “Five years ago you couldn’t have paid an exec to put me on a show,” she said. “It’s really cool because they’re showing these characters in the media that are normal people, not ‘Jerry Springer.’ We all come from our mother’s belly; we’re just a little different.”
To learn more about GLSEN, visit their website at www.glsen.org