Jojo Siwa to receive prestigious GLSEN honor for her LGBTQ advocacy work

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Social media sensation Jojo Siwa will be honored next month by LGBTQ education group GLSEN for her anti-bullying and advocacy efforts.

The organization says it will honor the 19-year-old singer, dancer and content creator with the Gamechanger Award at an October 14 ceremony at Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

Siwa appeared alongside her mother in the reality television series “Dance Moms” and most recently made a guest appearance as a queer character in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Last year, she made history on ABC’s competition series “Dancing with the Stars,” becoming the first contestant to dance with a same-sex partner.

GLSEN executive director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers said Siwa would be honored for her focus on bullying and for being “a fierce advocate for compassion, self-acceptance” for the LGBTQ community. She said Siwa handled coming out as a pansexual with “such grace” last year.

The organization aims to increase inclusivity for K-12 students of all genders, gender expressions and sexual inclusion through research and educational resources.

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