If Lady Gaga and Anna Wintour have taught us anything, it’s that bullies are so passé. Now Tom Ford is lending his winsome name and face to the anti-bullying cause. The Single Man director has teamed up with GLSEN (short for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and pronounced like “glisten”—it’s not gay for nothing), Talenthouse, and the Ad Council to invite aspiring filmmakers to create a PSA for GLSEN’s Think Before You Speak campaign. Launched in 2008, the cautionary campaign educates teens about the dangers of homophobic language.
The winner of the PSA contest will be flown to Los Angeles to attend GLSEN’s annual Respect Awards, where the winning PSA will be screened and its creator awarded by Tom Ford himself, as well as fellow filmmaker and reformed gay-slur slinger Brett Ratner, who, it would seem, is trying to make nice with the LGBT community after dropping the F-bomb (not the usual F) last year, in reference to the Oscars. He had been hired to produce the show, before being asked to resign.