Awards

First initiated in 2015, the annual GLSEN Phoenix Awards aim to bring into the spotlight those students, educators, and individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies in the Greater Phoenix community.

Five awards will be presented at the Sparkle Glitter GLSEN event this year:

Legacy Awards

The Ally Award

Thom Brodeur

The GLSEN Phoenix Legacy Awards are presented to former GLSEN Phoenix board members or volunteers that have exhibited long standing dedication and leadership in helping to develop school communities that affirm, value and respect students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This award recognizes efforts, past and present, that continue to touch the lives of LGBTQ youth. The GLSEN Phoenix Ally Award is presented annually to local leaders whose work to elevate dialogue regarding the urgency and importance of addressing anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in Phoenix schools stands out above the rest. This Award recognizes the actions that an ally has taken to keep our youth safe and foster more welcoming schools and communities.

 

The Dr. Eileen Yellin
Safe Schools Advisor Award

The Sean Nonnenmacher
GSA of the Year Award

Katherine Fizz

Sierra Linda
High School

In recognition of the late Dr. Eileen Yellin of Tempe High School, the Dr. Eileen Yellin Safe Schools Advisor Award is presented to a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisor who has gone above and beyond to foster safe and inclusive spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth in schools. The Safe Schools Advisor Award recognizes outstanding leadership as well as a long-standing commitment to ensuring LGBTQ youth can reach their fullest potential.  

In acknowledgement of his incredible contribution towards shaping GLSEN Phoenix’s student organizing work with student-led clubs across Maricopa County, the Sean Nonnenmacher GSA of the Year Award is presented to the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club which represents the ideals of GLSEN Phoenix and our mission to ensure that each student in every K-12 school is valued and treated with respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This award honors an outstanding group of young people whose efforts have helped ensure a safe learning environment for all students—and have served as a voice of change in their own school community.