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APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER



This past month, we celebrated the Day of Silence with GLSEN chapters around the country. This annual event is a student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. This year, tens of thousands of students and participants across the country joined in, and we here at GLSEN Phoenix celebrated the day with our Virtual Breaking the Silence Event! This all-online experience brought together GSAs and students from around the Valley for a night of fun, music, games and more, all designed to promote a sense of community and belonging. This amazing event couldn’t have happened without the help of our wonderful crew of volunteers! We’d like to thanks the following dedicated GLSENeers for all their hard work: Holly Tyler, Remy Sinclair, Sarah Evins, Rebekah Cheyne, Dawn Parrino, Cora Baron, Laurie Provost, Kayla Castro, Edith Kobyelyanskaya! Thank you for all your support!

Have you RSVP’d for our virtual Sparkle Glitter GLSEN event on May 14th?

Our Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Remote Fundraiser and Respect Awards ceremony is only 2 weeks away! We have a great line up coming your way over the coming weeks, so be sure to RSVP for FREE!

Our fantastic Travel Raffle launched this week and tickets are selling fast! Get your tickets now for a chance to win a 5 night stay in a luxury home in Costa Rica in 2022. Only 120 tickets are available! Get yours now! Our exciting Silent Auction and additional raffles will launch on May 7th with a super fun virtual scavenger hunt, so keep an eye out on social media. The Live Broadcast on May 14th will include our virtual Respect Awards ceremony, celebrity appearances and much, much more! The fantastic Damon Bolling is our host this year. Wanna join the Sparkle Challenge? You can raise funds for GLSEN Phoenix with a personalized fundraising page and win great prizes! Thanks again to all our incredible sponsors! Don’t miss out! RSVP for FREE now at www.sparkleglitterglsen.com

Congratulations to our 2020/2021 Respect Award Winners!


The annual GLSEN Phoenix Respect Awards aim spotlight those students, educators, organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact on school safety and the lives of LGBTQ youth and their allies in the Greater Phoenix community. Our very best congratulations to the 2021 Winners: Susanna Belanger Winner of the Dr. Eileen Yellin GSA Sponsor of the Year Award Cocopah Middle School GSA Winner of the Sean Nonnenmacher GSA of the Year Award Brian Shire Winner of the 2021 GLSEN Phoenix Legacy Award Black Mother’s Forum, Poder in Action, and Virtual Arizona Pride Winners of our 2021 Ally Awards Join us as we celebrate them during the live broadcast at the Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Remote Fundraiser and Respect Awards on May 14, 2021 at 7:30pm. RSVP for FREE.

Win a trip to Costa Rica in 2022!

What better way to support GLSEN Phoenix and safer K-12 Schools in Greater Phoenix than by purchasing your tickets for our TRAVEL RAFFLE! You could win a 5 night stay in a luxury home in Costa Rica in 2022, plus $2000 spending money for flights and other travel related expenses! Only 120 tickets will sell.

Get your tickets now!


SHINE Team applications are open for 2021-2022.

GLSEN Phoenix’s SHINE Student Leadership Program is a FREE year-long program for high school students (grades 9-12) that begins with a weekend Summer Intensive mid-July, which prepares LGBTQ youth and their allies to lead Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) or advocacy campaigns. The team meets regularly throughout the whole school year (currently virtually in response to COVID-19) to develop leadership skills and work on group projects to positively impact local school communities, dedicating about 15 hours a month to team meetings and activities. Learn more about the program here. SHINE Team applications are open for 2021-2022. The application form is here.

Apply now

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Schedule a Trainings for your School or Organization

We are offering all of our GLSEN Phoenix trainings virtually and we’re taking reservations now! Our trainings include:

  • Safe Space Kit Training

  • Changing the Game: Creating Inclusive Spaces in Physical Education

  • Supporting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Students

  • Ready Set Respect (Elementary School Safe Space Kit)

  • Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ+ Topics into the Classroom.

Learn more about our trainings on our website! If you’d like to schedule a training for your school or organization, or would like more information, please contact our Education Program Manager Wallace Hudson at wallace@glsenphoenix.org.

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