'Riverdale' to receive award from LGBTQ education group

GLSEN will honor The CW series for its "groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships."
Image: Vanessa Morgan as Toni and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl in CW's "Riverdale."
Vanessa Morgan as Toni and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl in CW's "Riverdale."Dean Buscher / The CW
By The Associated Press

The cast and creators of "Riverdale" will receive an award from a gay rights education group for the show's portrayal of LGBTQ relationships in a high school setting.

GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) announced Monday that "Riverdale" will be honored with its Gamechanger Award. The group cited the show's "groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships" as why it was chosen to receive the honor.

The CW series is a modern take on the "Archie" comics characters. Its stars include KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Madelaine Petsch.

GLSEN was founded in 1990 to address LGBTQ issues in K-12 education.

The GLSEN Respect Awards will be bestowed at a gala in Beverly Hills, California, on Oct. 25, and will also honor Octavia Spencer .

Previous Gamechanger Award honorees include Yara Shahidi and Zendaya.

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