Sparkle Glitter GLSEN is the annual GLSEN Phoenix cocktail fundraiser and awards ceremony. Your donations are invested locally to create safe and healthy learning environments for all our K-12 students.

2018 marks the 4th Annual Sparkle Glitter GLSEN event and will take place on November 15th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Memorial Hall at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. We aim to raise $50,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales and auctions this year towards our 2019 goals. We will again present awards in four categories to those 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.

In 2017, over 300 people attended the event which raised $37,000 towards our work through sponsorships, ticket sales and a silent auction. We honored Thom Brodeur with the Ally Award, Michael Mazzocco and Michael Carr with the Legacy Awards, Sierra Linda High School with the Sean Nonnenmacher GSA of the Year Award and Katie Fizz with the Dr. Eileen Yellin Safe Schools Advisor Award. CLICK HERE to Nominate for the 2018 Awards.

CLICK HERE to find out about Sponsorship Opportunities or email Carol Tappenden at


GLSEN Phoenix works 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. We know from our research that school-based supports such as Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliances, comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment policies, school personnel who are supportive of LGBTQ+ students, and LGBTQ+ inclusive curricular resources can positively affect the school environment for LGBTQ+ students. CLICK HERE to read or download our 1-pager or visit for more information.

During the 2017/2018 school year, we:

  • supported over 115 student-led Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance Clubs in leading advocacy efforts in their school communities throughout the school year,
  • trained 694 educators and school administrators to become effective allies to LGBTQ+ students,
  • trained 21 GLSEN Phoenix-accredited facilitators,
  • marched with over 300 people at Phoenix Pride to raise awareness of our work in the school community,
  • secured a $150,000 capacity development grant towards our work over the next three years, including to launch our Policy work to ensure the passing and implementation of safe schools policies.