Brendon Urie will be celebrated at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards. The Panic! at the Disco frontman is expected to accept the Inspiration Award at the LGBTQ ceremony in New York City on May 20, the organization revealed Wednesday (March 20).
Urie came out as pansexual in a July 2018 interview with PAPER magazine, telling the publication, "I'm married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person."
In recent years, the powerhouse has become popularly known for expressing his pride and solidarity with the LGBTQ community, often donning rainbow flags at his concerts to inspire a welcoming environment for concertgoers of all identities and walks of life.
“Brendon has created a unique, powerful and gloriously safe space for his fans at every concert. How many other stadium shows have vendors outside wrapped in rainbow flags?" said GLSEN’s executive editor Eliza Byard. “Brendon is galvanizing a new wave of youth advocacy at the moment that the world needs it most. We cannot thank him enough.”
A month prior to coming out, the 31-year-old had pledged $1 million to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) to help create Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in K-12 schools across the nation. "For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community," Urie said in a statement. "I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society."
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