Riverdale to Receive GLSEN Award for Portrayal of LGBTQ Relationships

The cast and crew of The CW's Riverdale will be honored by GLSEN for the Archie Comics-based series' portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships.

Riverdale will receive the Gamechanger Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards, which will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 25. GLSEN -- formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -- is a New York-based organization dedicated to ending discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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"We've watched the cast and producers of Riverdale create a show where LGBTQ characters fall in love, break up, get back together and experience all the fun and challenges of high school," said GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard. "It's so powerful when LGBTQ young people can see their lives and experiences reflected on screen, and we look forward to honoring Riverdale with the GLSEN Gamechanger Award."

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According to GLSEN, the Gamechanger Award is reserved for "the next generation making a difference for the LGBTQ community and around the world." Previous recipients of the honor include Connor Franta, Yara Shahidi and Zendaya.

The organization explains Riverdale "exemplifies all of those ideals with the amazing, diverse cast and groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships. Its portrayal of LGBTQ characters, their enduring and endearing relationships, and the way in which they navigate love and loss is truly a game changer for viewers of all ages and backgrounds."

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Returning to The CW on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. EST, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols and Madchen Amick.

(via GLSEN)

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