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Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie Collects GLSEN Inspiration Award

James Wilson-Taylor
James Wilson-Taylor 21 May 2019 at 10.15

Brendon was honoured for his work in support of LGBTQ+ education projects.

Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie was honoured with the Inspiration Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards in New York last night (May 20), paying tribute to his fans for their continued support.

GLSEN is a non-profit organisation that provides support and aims for inclusion and safety in schools for all LGBTQ+ youth. Running annually since 2004, the awards celebrate "the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth." Urie recently donated $1m through his 'Highest Hopes Foundation' to help create Gay-Straight alliance clubs in K-12 schools across the US.

Collecting his award from 'Kinky Boots' composer Cyndi Lauper, Brendon said that "Today, I stand here, overwhelmed in the best way. Just sitting here in the crowd, hearing all these amazing stories, watching all these amazing youth come up here and act like true leaders - it really is overwhelming."

He added "It's not only an honour to receive this award, but to be embraced by my fans and by the LGBTQ+ community. Being in Panic! At The Disco has afforded me so many once in a lifetime opportunities, which include getting to know so many wonderful young adults who I am lucky enough to call my fans, and also I get to have this platform. They've taught me to be strong, inspired me to use my voice for what matters and because of them, I launched the 'Highest Hopes Foundation', hoping to echo the spirit of community and inclusion my fans have always provided me with."

He closed by saying "Thank you to everyone in this room for fighting battles every single day. You are truly all inspirations and I thank you from the bottom of my heart".

You can check out the full acceptance speech in the video above.

Panic! At The Disco recently wrapped up their huge 'Pray For The Wicked' tour but will play a handful of US festival dates later this summer.

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