Imara Jones’ Fashion at the 2023 GLSEN Respect Awards

By Daniela Capistrano for TransLash Media

On May 15, 2023, TransLash Media founder and CEO Imara Jones attended the GLSEN Respect Awards in her signature colorful style. Imara is a GLSEN board member.


Imara and her glam team collaborated on a GLSEN look that was giving trans joy and glamour all at once.

The Nat Note x Antonio Melani Nell Striped Jacquard Short Puffed Sleeve Dress quickly sold out after Imara’s social post (it has since been restocked). Coincidence? You be the judge.

Stylist: Blair Brodar | Nails: Sky Kandundu | Makeup: Starr Simpson | Hair: Kaye Hairstyles | Dress: Antonio Melani | Earrings: Heidi Daus | Shoes: Margaux | Bag: Macy’s

Representation matters! We’re loving all of the feedback on Imara’s GLSEN look from TransLash community members. Which trans fashion designers should we feature on our website and social media? Let us know.


The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) produces The Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcasing the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.

Flip through the recap notebook below to learn more about this year’s honorees.

“GLSEN is excited to honor an amazing lineup of supporters who have stood by our mission to ensure no student is denied access to an education because of who they are,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “This year, we are proud to recognize the efforts of JPMorgan Chase, USA Network’s Characters Unite campaign, LZ Granderson, our 2013 Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year and 2013 Educator of the Year, all of whom have made tremendous contributions toward our mission to create safe learning environments that embrace and nurture every student.”

GLSEN previously announced that Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Chlorine, Kill Your Darlings) and actor Kevin Bacon (8, The Following) would serve as 2023 Respect Awards – New York honorary co-chairs. The event was co-chaired by Cindy Armine (Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.); Brian Elliot (Founder, Elliot Strategy; Founder, Friendfactor); Tim Federle (author, Better Nate Than Ever); and Barbara Frankel (Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, DiversityInc).

GLSEN also bestows awards to a select few leaders that recognize exceptional efforts to ensure schools are safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit

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