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GLSEN Phoenix Shares Specifics on Annual Benefit & Awards Ceremony: Sparkle Glitter GLSEN

Media Contacts:
Ricardo Martinez
Chair, GLSEN Phoenix

Kari Hudnell
Media Relations Manager, GLSEN National

GLSEN Phoenix Shares Specifics on 2nd Annual Benefit & Awards Ceremony

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (October 24, 2016) – GLSEN Phoenix, the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, announces its second Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Fundraising Cocktail Party and Award Ceremony. The event, designed to celebrate safe schools advocacy efforts throughout the Phoenix area, will be held on November 17, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Tickets for the event cost $50 per person, include one drink ticket, tasty appetizers and free parking. A silent auction, featuring over 30 exciting items, will benefit GLSEN Phoenix’s efforts to promote safer schools. The group will also honor those who have supported and promoted safe schools throughout the year.

Four individuals and groups will be recognized for their contributions towards making Phoenix-area schools more inclusive for LGBTQ students and their allies. Dr. Madelaine Adelman, Associate Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, and former GLSEN Phoenix Chair, will receive GLSEN’s Legacy Award. The Legacy Award is presented to a former GLSEN Phoenix board member or volunteer that has 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.

“Little did I know when the Mesa Public School District asked me to deliver their first-ever workshop on "heterosexism and homophobia," that I would soon establish the Phoenix chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network,” Dr. Adelman said, “at GLSEN I get to know and work with wicked smart, down-to-earth people, who dedicate their time and talents around the country to moving us closer to a more just world.”

Carrick Sears will receive GLSEN’s Phoenix Ally Award. This recognition is presented annually to local leaders and/or organizations 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. Sears served on the board of directors for local LGBTQ nonprofit One N Ten, and is also on the board of the Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

"I have always been passionate about helping LGBTQ youth live healthy and productive lives and GLSEN is the cornerstone for this in our community because they are in the trenches where it matters most – in our schools, and equipping the GSA’s and faculty,” Sears said.

The GSA of the Year Award - a new award introduced in 2016 - will be presented to Tempe High School’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). Finally, the Dr. Eileen Yellin Safe Schools Advisor Award is this year awarded to Colleen Mendoza, the GSA Sponsor for Hamilton High School.

Last year’s award recipients included the late Dr. Eileen Yellin, former GLSEN Phoenix Chair Matthew Heil and Nicole Stanton. They received the Safe Schools Advisor Award, Legacy Award and Ally Award respectively. Dr. Yellin was honored because of her unyielding dedication to making schools safer for LGBTQ youth and her many years of service as an advisor and mentor to so many students. GLSEN Phoenix is proud to honor her legacy and have so named the Dr. Eileen Yellin Safe Schools Advisor Award to be presented as such for the first time this year.


About the 2016 Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Benefit & Awards Ceremony
When: November 17th 2016
Where: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 100 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: 6 p m - 9pm

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.

GLSEN champions safe and affirming schools for all students. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach tens of thousands of K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of chapters brings GLSEN’s expertise to their local communities. GLSEN's progress and impact have won support for our work at all levels of education in the United States and sparked an international movement to ensure equality for LGBTQ students and respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research and educator training programs, please visit