Frequently Asked Questions

GLSEN Phoenix does mission-critical work in many areas, such as LGBTQ+ student club support, educator professional development, and public policy advocacy. Need answers fast? See some of the most frequently asked questions below. Still don't see the answer to your question, check out the rest of our website or contact us directly.

I'm an educator; what are some of the ways I can get involved with GLSEN Phoenix?


Thank you for all you do as an educator. We're excited for you to be involved with GLSEN Phoenix. First, check out our For Educators page to see the full list of our Educator opportunites. From there, you can see about scheduling a GLSEN Phoenix educator professional development training, attending one of our educator events like the Back2School Summit, or joining our Educators Facebook Group. If you're a GSA Club Advisor looking to schedule a GLSEN GSA Visit, go the the GSA Visit section of the For Students page. If you'd like to become a GLSEN Phoenix volunteer, you can check out our Volunteer page.




I'm a student; what are some of the ways I can get involved with GLSEN Phoenix?


First of all, thank you for being a student leader in your community. You're exactly the kind of person who's going to make a difference for LGBTQ+ students. We're excited for you to be involved with GLSEN Phoenix. First, check out our For Students page to see the full list of our Student opportunites. From there, you can see about scheduling a GLSEN Phoenix GSA Visit for your school's GSA, gathering resources, or attending one of our student events like the Back2School Summit. If you'd like to get even more involved, build your leadership skills, and join a tight-knit community of peers, you should definitely apply to join our SHINE Team where you'll have an opportunity to have a direct impact on the work of GLSEN Phoenix. If you have any questions or just need general support and advice in starting a GSA at your school, you can email students@glsenphoenix.org.




I'm a community member and/or LGBTQ+ ally; what are some of the ways I can get involved with GLSEN Phoenix?


Thank you for you interest in supporting our work! There are several ways you can get involved and support our work. You can: Volunteer with us Attend one of our events Join us at Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Make a gift Follow us on social media




I'm trying to start a GSA at my school, but I'm encountering resistance from my school's administration. What can I do and how can GLSEN Phoenix support me in this?


You have the right to form a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance or Gender Sexuality Alliance) or other any other type of LGBTQ+ student-focused club and have it be recognized the same as any other groups recognized by your school. So long as there are other non-curricular clubs on your school's campus, your GSA must be treated the same as the other clubs. When starting a club, showing administrators the data around positive student outcomes (i.e. better grades, better attendance) can also help. Start with the Arizona Snapshot and the National School Climate Survey. Otherwise, GLSEN Phoenix and ACLU Arizona can step in to offer support if your school is still denying your rights as a student club.




How can I become a Volunteer?


Becoming a volunteer with GLSEN Phoenix is easy! First, go to the Volunteer page of this website and look at the different types of volunteer opportunities we have. Then submit your application. After that, our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you to arrange an informal interview (this will let us get to know you better and help place you with the best volunteer opportunity based on your skills, interests, and availability). From there, you'll submit your background check and connect with your GLSEN Phoenix representative! You're now a GLSENeer!




I want to advocate for safer school policies for LGBTQ+ students. How can I do that with GLSEN Phoenix?


Thank you for wanting to take on this work. The road to full protections for LGBTQ+ youth is a bumpy one here in Arizona, so these students need all the support they can get. Know that advocating for LGBTQ+ students can happen at every level: the school, the district, and the state. Schools can adopt ennumerated anti-LGBTQ+ bullying policies; districts can adopt more inclusive curriculum; Arizona can ban conversion therapy. To get involved in this important work, check out the For Public Policy page. There you can find information on LGBTQ+ Lobby Day at the Capitol and where to find information on attending your local school board meeting. You can also email policy@glsenphoenix.org with questions and to learn more about how you can join the GLSEN Phoenix Policy Committee.




I'm with a local organization that's interested in collaborating with GLSEN Phoenix; who can I contact to learn more?


There's so much work to be done; the more people doing the work the better. GLSEN Phoenix is always looking for new organizations and non-profits to build meaningful partnerships around LGBTQ+ youth and education. You can see a list of our current Tier 1 Partners here and connect with our Community Outreach Coordinator at outreach@glsenphoenix.org.




Seems like GLSEN Phoenix does a lot of political advocacy. Is GLSEN Phoenix a non-partisan organization?


As a 501(c)3 non-profit, GLSEN Phoenix is a non-partisan organization. We do not endorse political candidates or parties; we support all legislation and policy that promote safe, inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ students and their peers.




What's the best way to contact GLSEN Phoenix?


Contacting us is simple. For general questions, you can always email us at info@glsenphoenix.org. And for the latest updates definitely follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a complete list of our contact information like department emails, addresses, and phone numbers, check out our Contact Us page.




Who are GLSEN Phoenix's board members, coordinators, and student leaders?


GLSEN Phoenix is made up of a volunteer working board, part-time contracted coordinators, and student leaders from the SHINE Team. To see whose leading the charge on creating safer schools for LGBTQ+ students in the Greater Phoenix Area, check out Our Leadership page.