The golden sunshine glistened down on celebs at the GLSEN LA Respect Kick-Off Party held at the EVO Luxury Residences in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. Who would attendee and pro dancer Louis Van Amstel like to see glistening in sequins on "Dancing with the Stars" come September? He tells ET what shining stars he has his eyes on.
Louis spoke to Larry King's wife Shawn recently and she "wasn't opposed to it." Another headline making name he's throwing out there--Janice Dickinson. "I think she'd be hilarious for the show," he opined. He is mindful not to spread rumors of casting, maintaining that these are only people who he thinks would make compelling contestants.
Sunday's pool party brought Hollywood together to stand up to bullying in schools. Louis offered his support to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) because "we've all been kids, we've all been bullied at one point in time either being gay or lesbian or being the fat kid or being the small kid or being the red-head kid."
"Big Love" star Bill Paxton agreed with that sentiment, telling ET it was all about respect: "Weather you're gay or straight, you deserve respect. As we evolve as a society ... we might not agree politically, or whatever our sexual orientation is, but everything has to have respect."
ABC's hit "Modern Family" will be honored on October 8 by the organization at the 7th annual GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "It's a program that not only gives a wonderful depiction of two gay dads, but it also deals with the issue of bullying in a way that I think people really need to be alert to," Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director, explained to ET.
GLSEN's mission is to create a learning environment in which all students are accepted and embraced, without being ridiculed for sexual orientation, gender, and any other characteristics that invoke bullying from peers.