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Nicole Stanton, Matthew Heil & Dr. Eileen Yellin to be honored at the GLSEN Phoenix Sparkle, Glitter, GLSEN event.


Ricardo Martinez


GLSEN Phoenix

Kari Hudnell
GLSEN National 
Media Relations Manager


PHOENIX (October 30, 2015) – GLSEN Phoenix, a chapter of the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Nicole Stanton with the Ally Award, former GLSEN Phoenix Co-Chair Matt Heil with the Legacy Ally Award and Dr. Eileen Yellin of Tempe High School with the Safe Schools Advisor Award at the GLSEN Phoenix Sparkle, Glitter, GLSEN event to be held Thursday, November 19 at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.


Nicole Stanton will receive the Ally Award, which is presented to local heroes that have advocated for safe and respectful schools and created positive change for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Nicole Stanton’s role in spearheading the Stop Bullying AZ campaign, as well as her leadership in establishing the Dion Initiative has helped bring much needed visibility to the importance of developing positive school climates where students are safe, affirmed, respected and valued.


Matthew Heil will receive the Legacy Award for his eight-year tenure as Co-Chair of the GLSEN Phoenix chapter. The Legacy Ally award is presented to former GLSEN Phoenix leaders that have gone above and beyond their role to make lasting change, both for GLSEN and in the community.  “Matt’s work and dedication has been instrumental in the development of a community where LGBTQ youth-serving nonprofits can exist and thrive. He has played a critical role in making schools safer for all of our children” said Ricardo Martinez, current Co-Chair of GLSEN Phoenix.


Dr. Eileen Yellin, educator and Gay-Straight Alliance club advisor at Tempe High School, will receive the Safe Schools Advisor Award. Dr. Yellin has helped cultivate a long-standing partnership between GLSEN Phoenix and her school, and she has been the driving force behind one of our most successful local programs: the annual Breaking the Silence Dance held on GLSEN's Day of Silence. In addition to student programming, Dr. Yellin has encouraged Tempe High teachers, staff, and administrators to participate in the professional development trainings, and she has demonstrated her commitment as an ally to LGBT students by marching alongside them at the Phoenix Pride Parade. Eileen is a wonderful example to other GSA advisors in her efforts to keep all students, including LGBTQ youth, safe in school.


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About GLSEN Phoenix

GLSEN Phoenix is one of 40 local chapters of the nation’s leading education organization working to ensure that all students in every K-12 school are valued and treated with respect,  regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.   Following a research-based approach, GLSEN Phoenix works throughout Maricopa County supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities, assisting educators in becoming allies to LGBTQ youth by developing the knowledge and skills needed to create and sustain safe, inclusive, respectful and healthful environment for all students, and partnering with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.