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August 2021 newsletter

With schools back in person for the fall, we hope everyone is having a safe and productive semester so far! We are gearing up for our Back2School Summit on Sept. 25 and 26 and we hope you’ll consider joining us and inviting any students or teachers you think would be interested. This is a great opportunity to come together as an inclusive community and make sure your school is a welcoming place for everyone. Register here and get more info below.


Register now for GLSEN Phoenix's 2021 Virtual Back2School Summit

 Sept 25 & 26, 2021 (on Zoom)

Educators, students and allies: This free, two-day virtual event is a great opportunity to meet LGBTQ advocates and youth leaders, attend workshops, and build skills to strengthen your school’s GSA and inclusive curriculum.

Based around GLSEN’s Solidarity Month, our summit will examine what it really means to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ students. Our SHINE Team is hard at work developing workshops and discussions aimed at issues facing today’s students. We’ll be offering GLSEN trainings for adults and educators, and teachers can receive professional development credits by attending the summit. The lineup of amazing presenters and workshops will be announced soon! Register to receive updates and to grab your spot! Register here:


We want your GSA art for our Back2School Zine

GSAs and Advisors: We want to feature your GSA's talents in our Back2School Art Zine this year! The GLSEN Phoenix SHINE Youth Team is compiling a zine with GSA tips, media recommendations, and more. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 3rd, 2021. Any students from your school's GSA are encouraged to submit any form of art surrounding our theme: "Looking to the Future." This can be interpreted as quarantine recovery, LGBTQ+ social aspirations, or anything that speaks to them regarding the theme. Submissions can be emailed to

Teacher and students: Take the 2021 National School Climate Survey

GLSEN's Changing the Game is officially LIVE! To assist our goal of making K-12 schools and athletic programs inclusive for #LGBTQ+ youth, we've updated and created game plans and stories for LGBTQ+ athletes and allies, administrators and athletic directors, coaches, and families. We also have a ton of exciting Instagram Lives this week with special guests that you don't want to miss! #GLSENChangingTheGame Read our game plans, find out who’s appearing on IG Live, and watch our launch event at