Video: 17-year-old Nikki Peet Receives Special Recognition at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
On Sunday night at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, actress Kirsten Dunst presented 17-year-old Nikki Peet with a Special Recognition Award for her successful work to create a Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school in Corpus Christi, TX, despite opposition from school administrators.
Nikki's work also earned her a spot on The Advocate's Forty Under 40 list, and Advocate.com premiered video of Nikki's acceptance speech earlier today.
The Los Angeles ceremony was hosted by Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones.
Watch Kirsten Dunst present Nikki with her award below:
GLAAD's Young Adults Program, now in its fifth year, allowed LGBT youth from Southern California to attend the event. GLAAD supporters Glenn Close, Alan Cumming, Tom Ford & Richard Buckley, Suze Orman, Bishop Gene Robinson, Barbara Walters, and the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor allowed GLAAD to offer free tickets to the event to over 500 youth and young adults. Students affiliated with California State University, Northridge, Lifeworks, and Bell High School enjoyed the show and a private after-party.
The final GLAAD Media Awards event will take place in San Francisco on May 14 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.
For more information about the GLAAD Media Awards, including a complete list of nominees, announced winners and photos, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.