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Time to Thrive logoLance Bass, Magic and Cookie Johnson, and Robin McHaelen will be honored with the Upstander Award for Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth at HRC’s Time to THRIVE Conference this month.

Lance Bass has dedicated time and energy to help raise awareness about issues that face LGBT youth. In 2012, he produced Mississippi: I am, a documentary short about a high school student who sued her high school for being denied the right to go to prom with her girlfriend. The film explores the battles that young LGBT people face in Mississippi when addressing civil rights and visibility. More recently, Bass directed AT&T’s “Love Is Changing History” video, a project that demonstrates how LGBTQ love is changing history everyday. The campaign benefits The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

In 2013, EJ Johnson, the son of Marvin and Cookie Johnson, publicly came out. His parents reacted with nothing but unconditional love, and discussed their experience on several major news networks. They also spoke about their faith, and how their religious beliefs interfered in no way with their relationship with EJ.

Robin McHaelen is the founder and executive director of True Colors, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. True Colors works with social service agencies, schools, and other organizations to make sure that all sexual and gender minority youth are recognized.

HRC’s Time to THRIVE Conference aims to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth, and will be held from February 14-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Make sure to register online before time runs out.

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